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Box Office: Jennifer Lopez ‘Hustlers’ Heading for $25 Million Launch

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Stx Entertainment’s “Hustlers,” a comedic thriller about strip-club employees seeking revenge, is expected to earn $25 million when it opens on Sept. 13, according to early tracking.

The movie — starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Cardi B and Lizzo — will debut alongside Warner Bros.’ “The Goldfinch.” The drama, based on the best-selling novel, should collect $18 million on the same weekend. Ansel Elgort stars as an art forger alongside Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhard and Sarah Paulson.

Hustlers,” which will have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, is based on Jessica Pressler’s New York magazine story “The Hustlers at Scores.” It follows a group of strippers who orchestrate a plan to get back at the affluent Wall Street clients who have wronged them.

Stx could use a hit after its animated “Uglydolls” bombed in May, earning $27 million worldwide from a $45 million budget. However, “Second Act” with Lopez
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Luke Wilson To Star in Ty Roberts-Directed ’12 Mighty Orphans’

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Luke Wilson To Star in Ty Roberts-Directed ’12 Mighty Orphans’
Exclusive: Luke Wilson has been set to star in 12 Mighty Orphans, the Ty Roberts-directed drama adapted from the Jim Dent novel based on the true story of a group of Fort Worth orphans who vie for the state championship and rally a broken nation at the height of the Great Depression.

Wilson will play Coach Rusty Russell, a WWI vet with a troubled past he can trace to his mother leaving him in an orphanage when he was a child. Looking for redemption by trying to turn around the fortune of other orphans, he accepts a job as the head football coach to a Texas orphanage/high school. Through dedication, he redirects his players’ feelings of loss and humiliation into a dominant team that played in the Texas state championship. Roberts wrote the script with Lane Garrison.

Mike De Luca will produce with Houston Hill, who acquired the
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‘Bombshell’ First Trailer: Kidman, Theron, and Robbie Take On Fox News Scandal

‘Bombshell’ First Trailer: Kidman, Theron, and Robbie Take On Fox News Scandal
Nicole Kidman. Charlize Theron. Margot Robbie. A cast almost too good to be true. The dream trio made its first appearance in the first teaser trailer for “Bombshell,” a drama about Fox News’ massive sexual harassment scandal caused by late network head and Donald Trump crony Roger Ailes. The three A-listers will play Megyn Kelly (Theron), Gretchen Carlson (Kidman), and the lesser-known Kayla Pospisil (Robbie), all women who accused Ailes of sexual harassment and received multi-million dollar buyouts for their silence.

Here’s the official logline: “‘Bombshell’ is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it.”

John Lithgow stars as Ailes i what is sure to be a very different take on the infamous strongman than Russell Crowe’s in “The Loudest Voice,” a Showtime limited
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor (Updated: August 21)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor (Updated: August 21)
Historically the Best Actor Oscar has gone to men with a little grey in their hair while Best Actress is usually given to an ingenue. However, we could be seeing a shift in that bias on both sides. At the 2019 Oscars, Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) won Best Actor at age 37 over a past winner and three previous nominees. Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) did likewise in 2017. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Actor.)

While Affleck won for a fictional role, Malek prevailed for portraying Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Of the 10 most recent Best Actor champs at the Academy Awards, seven of them won for bring life to real-life fellows: Colin Firth; Daniel Day-Lewis; Matthew McConaughey; Eddie Redmayne; Leonardo DiCaprio; and Gary Oldman.

Malek was a first-time nominee while each of his four rivals in the 2019 Best Actor race had contended multiple times at the Oscars.
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture (Updated: August 20)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture (Updated: August 20)
Predicting the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture is never easy. We were sure the top prize at the 2019 Oscars would go to “Roma” but it was “Green Book” that won. In coming up with our 2020 Oscar predictions, we considered a slew of factors, starting with the preferential ballot used to determine the winner. Add in the pedigree of the filmmakers, the critical reception to the films, the box office tally and the track record of the studios. We take all of these into consideration again as we look ahead to the 2020 Academy Awards. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Picture.)

Contenders began to emerge at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Others will be seen for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival in May. However, most of the top tier of Best Picture hopefuls won’t screen until September at four film festivals: Venice,
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Tiff 2019 Deals: The Complete List of Festival Purchases So Far

With the Toronto International Film Festival’s 2019 edition unspooling September 5 through September 15, IndieWire has compiled all of the film acquisitions out of the fest so far. Check back for updates as the festival unfolds.

Look for the upcoming awards season’s major Oscar players to bow in Toronto, including the world premiere of “The Goldfinch,” the Safdie Brothers’ “Uncut Gems,” the Mr. Rogers film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” Sundance winner “Clemency,” and many more. There are also gems to be found across the Discovery, Platform, Midnight Madness, and Contemporary World Cinema programs, as well as highly anticipated auteur works in the Masters sidebar, including new films from Terrence Malick, Bertrand Bonello, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Marco Bellocchio, Ken Loach, and Roy Andersson, among others.

IndieWire will be on the ground covering the festival to keep you up-to-date with reviews, interviews, features, and more news.

“The Twentieth Century”

Buyer: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Section: Midnight Madness

Synopsis: “Toronto,
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Fall Movie Preview 2019: From ‘It: Chapter 2’ to ‘Little Women’

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Fall Movie Preview 2019: From ‘It: Chapter 2’ to ‘Little Women’
Summer may be ending, but that doesn’t mean there will be a dearth of content at the multiplexes. On the contrary, studios are filling up theaters with Oscar-season content, popcorn fare and family films through the end of the year. From Greta Gerwig’s star-studded “Little Women” adaptation to the highly anticipated sequel to “It,” Variety breaks down what movies you can expect when heading to theaters this fall.

“It: Chapter 2”

Release Date: Sept. 4

Stars: Bill Skarsgard, Finn Wolfhard, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Bill Hader, Jake Weary, Jaeden Martell

Why we want to see it: In the second installment of this re-imagined horror film, the “losers club,” now all grown up, are faced with the reality that their childhood nightmare never died. Rather, Pennywise was waiting for their eventual return home to finish what he started. Not to mention, director Andy Muschietti promises this
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Jack Mathews: An early handicap of the Best Picture Oscar race from someone who knows better (than to try)

Jack Mathews: An early handicap of the Best Picture Oscar race from someone who knows better (than to try)
It is mid-August and Gold Derby expert Oscar panelists are laying the early line on 2020 Oscar winners, no small task given that most films that will actually be in contention in late fall have not been released and, for some, there are no trailers with helpful hints of the writing, directing and acting we can expect.

There is the risk of personal humiliation in such early forecasts. An editor years ago insisted that I predict the next year’s Oscars the day after the current season ended. I picked Hector Babenco’s “At Play in the Field of the Lords“ to win it all. It won nothing. Thanks, boss.

Nevertheless, a challenge has been issued and I now tread where only fools dare to go. (No offense to the fools who have already dared to go.) In arranging such a list, you look at the subject matter, pedigrees and buzz
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Roger Deakins to Receive Variety Artisan Award at Toronto Film Festival

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Roger Deakins to Receive Variety Artisan Award at Toronto Film Festival
Academy Award-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins, best known for films such as “Shawshank Redemption” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” will be honored with the Variety Artisan Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival Tribute Gala.

The annual fundraising gala, which will take place on Sept. 9 at the Fairmont Royal York during Tiff, will raise money for the festival’s year-round film programs and will celebrate outstanding contributors to the industry. The Artisan Award recognizes Deakins’ impressive history as a distinguished filmmaker.

“Roger Deakins’ pure mastery of the camera lens has made a significant and influential impact on the industry and resulted in timeless works of art that captivate audiences,” Tiff co-head Joana Vicente said. “We’re thrilled to honor him with the Variety Artisan Award at the Tiff Tribute Gala, as he continues to showcase his flair for breathtaking visuals, coupled with technical expertise.”

The English cinematographer, who
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Tiff Adds More High-Profile Titles, Including ‘Lucy in the Sky’ and Kristen Stewart in ‘Seberg’

Tiff Adds More High-Profile Titles, Including ‘Lucy in the Sky’ and Kristen Stewart in ‘Seberg’
The Toronto International Film Festival​ has unveiled its second batch of titles premiering in its Gala and Special Presentations programs next month, including two new Gala titles and a whopping 16 new Special Presentations, plus their star-studded Masters and Contemporary World Cinema sections.

Previously announced titles include “Joker,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Uncut Gems,” “Knives Out,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “Just Mercy,” “The Laundromat,” “The Goldfinch,” “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” “Hustlers,” “Marriage Story,” and “Harriet.” That list has now been extended to include Noah Hawley’s “Lucy in the Sky,” the Kristen Stewart-starring “Seberg,” Kenny Leon’s adaptation of his hit play “American Son,” and Trey Edward Shults’ “Waves,” all showing in the Special Presentations section.

Among the new additions, “Waves” stands out as a surprise, as it had been unclear if the A24-produced followup from the director of “It Comes at Night” would surface this fall.

The Gala section
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Oscar Predictions for August Complete!

It only took three days to revamp all the charts. Woohoo. Have a looksie.

In this mass overhaul we have major gains for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Farewell, naturally, since both have proven themselves with critics and at the box office already. Experiencing small gains are The Irishman and Just Mercy (now that they're officially going to be premiering this year), The Lighthouse and 1917 (after their stunning teases), and Judy (sigh). Small losses were incurred by Harriet (after a somewhat generic trailer) and The Report (given Amazon's sudden cold feet about regular theatrical exposure for their films). Films tumbling downward since our April Foolish wild guesswork include The Good Liar, Ford v Ferrari, and The Goldfinch (though we're definitely looking forward to two of those).

We've also added documentary predictions for the first time this year though this is still blindfolded guesswork since we won't
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay (Updated: August 8)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay (Updated: August 8)
At the 2019 Academy Awards, “BlacKkKlansman” director Spike Lee shared in the win for Best Adapted Screenplay for bringing Ron Stallworth‘s memoir of the same name to the screen. This award, which dates back to the first Oscars in 1928, has gone to only a dozen adaptations of such books. Five more of those non-fiction books adaptations were also winners in this decade: “The Social Network” (2011), “Argo” (2012), “12 Years a Slave” (2013) and “The Imitation Game” (2014) and “The Big Short” (2015). (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Adapted Screenplay and be sure to check out our predictions for Best Original Screenplay.)

Over the 91-year history of this award, novels have been the primary source material. Works of fiction have been the basis of 47 of the winners of this race over the years. The most recent of these was in 2018 when James Ivory won for his adaptation of André Aciman
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23 Massively Popular Books Becoming Movies This Year

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23 Massively Popular Books Becoming Movies This Year
Hollywood loves to find inspiration in a good book, and that doesn't appear to be changing any time soon. The 2019 slate of movies is full of books that are heading to the big screen. That means it's time to finally dig into Where'd You Go, Bernadette and The Goldfinch (or at least the abridged version), because they'll be headed to a theater near you soon. A handful of these adaptations have already been released, but there are still so many to come. Take a look!

Related: 21 Books That Are Being Adapted For the Small Screen in 2019
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23 Massively Popular Books Becoming Movies This Year

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Hollywood loves to find inspiration in a good book, and that doesn't appear to be changing any time soon. The 2019 slate of movies is full of books that are heading to the big screen. That means it's time to finally dig into Where'd You Go, Bernadette and The Goldfinch (or at least the abridged version), because they'll be headed to a theater near you soon. A handful of these adaptations have already been released, but there are still so many to come. Take a look!

Related: 21 Books That Are Being Adapted For the Small Screen in 2019
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress (Updated: August 7)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress (Updated: August 7)
While the Best Supporting Actress Oscar is often awarded to an ingenue, it can also be a way to reward a more season performer who has been overlooked by the academy in the past. Indeed, that is just what happened at the 2019 Academy Awards when Regina King took home this Oscar for her scene-stealing performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Supporting Actress.)

While King was clearly a featured player in her picture, two of her rival nominees, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, could easily have submitted themselves in lead for their roles in “The Favourite.” But the studio decided to campaign only their co-star, Olivia Colman, for Best Actress and this proved to be a winning strategy. Stone and Weisz were both Oscar winners already with the former prevailing in lead for “La La Land” in 2017 and the latter
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor (Updated: August 7)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor (Updated: August 7)
As with the award for leading men, the winner of Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars is usually one of the more seasoned competitors. At the 2019 Academy Awards, Mahershala Ali won for “Green Book.” He had previously prevailed in 2017 for “Moonlight.” He was the 29th winner of this award to be in his 40s. Sam Rockwell, who won in 2018 for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the 30th, having picked up this prize eight months before he turned 50. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Supporting Actor.)

A lucky 13 winners were in their 50s and 11 more were in their 60s. For eight men, it took till they were in their 70s to win while two (George Burns for “The Sunshine Boys” and Christopher Plummer for “Beginners”) were north of 80 when they took home their only Oscars. Conversely, only four Best Supporting Actor champs were in their 20s and just 14 have been thirtysomething.
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Impeachment: American Crime Story to Cover Clinton Scandal, Cast Revealed

Joseph Baxter Aug 7, 2019

American Crime Story Season 3 will focus on the sex-strewn scandal that led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

American Crime Story's third FX anthology iteration will focus on the events pertaining to the U.S. House of Representatives’ October 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton for “high crimes and misdemeanors”; a bellwether media moment in which the serious news cycle merged with pop-culture-proliferated tabloid stories.

Bearing the title, Impeachment: American Crime Story, the season – initially planned back in 2017, but temporarily taken off the table – is now set to arrive in September 2020, showcasing the sordid affair through the eyes of Monica Lewinsky, the young former White House intern who bore the brunt of the media’s scorn as one-half of President Clinton’s Oval Office infidelity. Indeed, now over 20 years removed from the news cycle heyday of the scandal, Impeachment will see Lewinsky involved as a producer, telling
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Director (Updated August 6)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Director (Updated August 6)
One of the big questions about the 2020 Oscars is whether or not there will be a split between the winners of Best Picture and Best Director, as we’ve seen in three of the last four years. Before the academy reintroduced the preferential ballot for Best Picture in 2010, such divides were fairly rare. Now, they are the rule rather than the exception at the Academy Awards. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Director.)

Why is this?

Unlike every other Oscar category, which are decided by a popular vote, the winner of the Best Picture award is determined by a weighted ballot. Voters rank their choices from first to last. If one nominee garners more than 50% of the first place vote, it automatically wins. If, however, no nominee can meet that threshold, the film with the fewest first place votes gets eliminated, with its ballot getting reapportioned to the second place choice.
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Edward Norton’s ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ to Close New York Film Festival

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Edward Norton’s ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ to Close New York Film Festival
Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn” has nabbed the closing night slot at this year’s New York Film Festival.

The adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling novel is a fitting choice to cap the fall festival given its setting. It unfolds in 1950s New York and follows a private detective (Norton) with Tourette syndrome as he becomes entangled in a conspiracy involving a Robert Moses–like master builder (Alec Baldwin). Norton changed the book’s time frame — the novel takes place in the present day. In addition to Norton and Baldwin, the cast includes Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Leslie Mann, and Cherry Jones. The film will screen at Alice Tully Hall on Friday, October 11, 2019 and will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures later this year. Norton wrote and directed the film along with starring in the picture.

“To have this particular film — which grew out of
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‘1917’ First Trailer: Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins Go Full ‘Dunkirk’ in WWI Thriller

‘1917’ First Trailer: Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins Go Full ‘Dunkirk’ in WWI Thriller
Sam Mendes is returning to the war genre for the first time since 2005’s “Jarhead” with the upcoming Universal Pictures drama “1917.” The World War I drama marks the filmmaker’s first directorial effort since leaving the James Bond franchise behind. Mendes directed Daniel Craig in the Oscar-winning “Skyfall” and its less well-received sequel “Spectre,” and the first “1917” trailer suggests he’s operating in a similarly epic scope while taking on WWI.

“1917” stars George MacKay and “Game of Thrones” breakout Dean-Charles Chapman as two young British soldiers who are given a mission to cross into enemy territory in order to deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers, including the brother of Chapman’s character. The supporting cast includes U.K. acting heavyweights Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, and Andrew Scott.

“1917” is shot by the legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins. The WWI drama will
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