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J.K. Simmons, ‘Glow’ Star Betty Gilpin Join Chris Pratt in ‘Ghost Draft’

Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and two-time Emmy nominee Betty Gilpin (Glow) are in negotiations to join Chris Pratt in the sci-fi thriller Ghost Draft from Skydance and Paramount, Collider has confirmed. Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie) is directing the film, which hails from screenwriters Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque. The story takes place in a future where humanity is losing a war against aliens. To turn the tide, scientists draft soldiers from the past to fight the war. Pratt will play a man who must confront his past to save the world. Simmons is expected …
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J.K. Simmons in Talks to Join Chris Pratt in Sci-Fi Thriller 'Ghost Draft' (Exclusive)

J.K. Simmons in Talks to Join Chris Pratt in Sci-Fi Thriller 'Ghost Draft' (Exclusive)
J.K. Simmons is in negotiations to join Chris Pratt in Ghost Draft, a sci-fi thriller from Skydance and Paramount.

Glow star Betty Gilpin is also in talks to join the project, whose name is a working title and is casting up ahead of a September start that will shoot in Atlanta and Iceland. Chris McKay, who directed The Lego Batman Movie, is helming the pic.

The script, with drafts by Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque, is set in a future where humanity is losing a war against aliens. To turn the tide, scientists draft soldiers from the past to fight the war....
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Batman: Hush Director Wants to Do No Man's Land Movie with Robert Pattinson

Director Justin Copeland, the man behind DC and Warner Bros.' animated adaptation of Batman: Hush, wants to take Robert Pattinson to No Man's Land. As fans of the Caped Crusader are surely aware by now, Pattinson, the former Twilight star and current indie aficionado, has been cast in the lead role for Matt Reeves' The Batman. The hope is that movie will kick off a trilogy and, should the opportunity arise for Copeland to have a stab at one, he knows exactly which story he wants to tell.

Justin Copeland has been making the rounds to promote Batman: Hush, which adapts one of the character's most beloved and seminal storylines. During a recent interview, he was asked what storyline he would take on, should he get the chance to ever do something with Batman in live-action. Here's what he had to say.

"It would definitely be No Man's Land.
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Warner Bros Promotes Jp Richards to Co-President of Worldwide Marketing

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Jp Richards has been promoted to co-president of worldwide marketing at Warner Bros. Pictures, the company announced Friday. Richards will report to Blair Rich, president of worldwide marketing at Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

In his new role, Jp Richards will work closely with Rich on the development and execution of Warner Bros. Pictures’ marketing efforts, utilizing his expertise in digital and new media, as well as his insight as to how audiences consume marketing messages. He’ll also partner with Rich to set overall marketing and operational strategy for the division. Richards played a significant role in guiding the restructuring of the marketing group over the last 18 months, including the addition of a number of key executives to the team.

“Jp is a world-class movie marketer and has been instrumental in helping the entire marketing organization up our game,” Rich said. “He’s a true partner,
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Movies based on Toys

It’s the movie we are pretty sure no one asked for but this August the very first Playmobil movie will be hitting the big screen. And this has got us wondering whether any toy franchise is safe from being brought to life as a feature film. That said, there is a strong cinematic history of turning everyday toys into a fleshed-out film and, with some proving hugely lucrative, its no wonder they’re scraping the toy store clean. However, toy-films have been executed with varying degrees of success and, with some big flops, Playmobil is undoubtedly as much of a risk of being a train wreck as it may be brilliant. So let’s look at some other movies based on toys.

The Lego Movie (2014)

The Lego company started a whole 86 years ago and the famous plastic bricks have been encouraging creativity around the globe since 1947. The announcement of
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Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley to direct Dungeons & Dragons movie

Having exited Warner Bros. and DC Films’ The Flash movie over creative differences, Spider-Man: Homecoming screenwriters and Game Night directors Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley have now signed on to helm the big screen reboot of Dungeons & Dragons.

The new adaptation of the iconic role-playing game has been in development for several years now at Paramount Pictures and Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures, and previously had Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie) in the director’s chair. Michael Gilio (Kwik Stop) remains on board as screenwriter.

The fantasy role-playing game was previously adapted for the big screen by New Line Cinema in 2000, and while the film proved to be a critical and commercial disaster, it did spawn a made for TV sequel in 2005 and a straight-to-video third instalment in 2011. Warner Bros. attempted to get a big-budget reboot off the ground in 2015, with the project subsequently moving to Paramount in
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Dungeons & Dragons Movie Goes After Game Night Directors

Dungeons & Dragons Movie Goes After Game Night Directors
The long-gestating Dungeons & Dragons movie may have just taken a big step towards actually becoming a reality. Directing duo Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are now being eyed to helm the long-gestating adaptation of the popular roleplaying game. This is a project that has been trapped in development hell for a some time. However, with some fresh eyes on it, we may well live to see it come to fruition.

According to a new report, Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are in talks with Paramount Pictures for their new Dungeons & Dragons movie. As many fans of the game will surely recall, there was a previous adaptation that was released in 2000, which starred Jeremy Irons and, to say the least, didn't go over terribly well. Goldstein and Daley most recently helmed the comedy Game Night, which went on to find relatively modest commercial success, to go along
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Eddie Izzard joins Focus Features, Working Title comedy 'Covers'

Eddie Izzard joins Focus Features, Working Title comedy 'Covers'
Production underway in Los Angeles on Nisha Ganatra’s Late Night follow-up.

Eddie Izzard, Bill Pullman and Us DJ Diplo have joined the comedy Covers from Focus Features and Working Title, the next film by Late Night director Nisha Ganatra.

Production is currently underway in Los Angeles. The new arrivals join previously announced Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Ice Cube in the film, which takes place against the backdrop of the Hollywood music scene. Flora Greeson wrote the screenplay.

Izzard’s multi-pronged career of stand-up comedy, writing and political activism has encompassed many films, among them Victoria & Abdul, Valkyrie,
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Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Tap Aditya Sood To Spearhead Growing Film Ambitions As Studios Court Them For Overall Movie Deal

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Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Tap Aditya Sood To Spearhead Growing Film Ambitions As Studios Court Them For Overall Movie Deal
Exclusive: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have hired well regarded production executive Aditya Sood to become head of film for their Lord Miller banner. The move to secure the former Genre Films president comes at a key moment for filmmakers coming off the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Later this month, they will meet with all the major studios before deciding where to make their first overall movie deal. This comes after the duo set their TV operations at Sony Pictures Television in an epic-sized five-year deal last April.

Sood’s challenge will be to lead their motion picture group ambitions, with an emphasis on developing original and existing IP projects and championing fresh voices. Sood will lead a motion picture group staff that includes longtime film executives Will Allegra and Rebecca Karch who have been upped to Senior Vice President and Vice President, respectively.

The Sood hiring seemed destined to happen at some point.
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It director in talks for DC Films’ The Flash solo movie

Warner Bros. and DC Films’ long-percolating The Flash solo movie looks set for another shake-up behind the scenes, with THR reporting that It director Andy Muschietti is in line to become the latest filmmaker to take a crack at the Scarlet Speedster.

As per the site, Spider-Man: Homecoming screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein recently stepped down due to creative differences, echoing the fates of Seth Graheme-Smith (The Lego Batman Movie) and Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), both of whom were attached to direct the project at one point or another.

In addition to Muschietti coming on board to direct, WB and DC are also keen to bring in Bumblebee screenwriter Christina Hodson to pen a new script, having presumably been impressed with her work on next year’s Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).

That means the studio has rejected the most recent draft of the script,
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Ranking every big screen version of The Joker from worst to best

Liam Hoofe ranks all of the big screen takes on the iconic DC villain The Joker from worst to best…

This past weekend, Todd Phillips, director of the upcoming Joker movie, gave fans their first glimpse of Joaquin Phoenix as the iconic Batman villain. From the first look, it looks as though Phoenix’s incarnation of The Joker is set to be much more traditional than the most recent big-screen take on the character by Jared Leto.

The Joker is one of the most iconic villains of all time, and the character has undergone several major changes on screen during his history. From Cesar Romero’s iconic turn as the character in the 1960’s to Leto’s divisive take on the character in the Dceu, there is always an excitement in the air when a new version of the character is set to make his debut.

To celebrate the reveal
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Spider-Man Goes Into the Multiverse with Holland, Garfield & McGuire in Fan-Made Trailer

Spider-Man Goes Into the Multiverse with Holland, Garfield & McGuire in Fan-Made Trailer
Last week we passed along some fun news that Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far from Home star Tom Holland would love to see a team-up movie with Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Tobey Maguire and Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man Andrew Garfield. And wouldn't you just know it, the good old internet has now provided us with a fan-cut trailer which brings all three classic live-action web slingers together in one movie, dubbed Spider-Man: Into the Multiverse.

And just to put it back out there, Tom Holland recently said this about his enthusiasm for a Spider-Man: Into the Multiverse movie featuring himself, Tobey Maguire, and Andrew Garfield.

"It would be amazing. It would be really, really cool, and it's something that the fans really want. So, whether Marvel and Sony decided to do that, it's up to them. It's not up to me. I can't walk in like, 'Kevin [Feige], this
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Every Batman Movie Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)

Every Batman Movie Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)
We’ve arrived at the 30th anniversary of the release of Tim Burton’s “Batman,” the film that you could argue ushered in the modern age of big screen superheroes. But whether or not you agree with that idea, you can rest assured that you will almost certainly disagree with our rankings of all the Batman movies. Because that’s just how these things go.

15. “Batman and Robin” (1949) is just an abysmal experience, with a bad lead actor wearing a floppy-eared Batsuit. Though The Wizard, a villain original to this serial, is admittedly cool looking, it’s not enough to stem the boredom in this four-hour slog.

14. “Batman” (1943) gets points for novelty thanks to its hilariously over-the-top old fashioned World War II racism. But Batman’s first onscreen appearance lacks pretty much everything that would mark it as an engaging filmgoing experience today. It’s cool that a grandfather clock
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Emily Limyun Dean set to direct animated feature

Emily Limyun Dean (Photo credit: Bradford Rogne).

Aacta Award-nominated filmmaker Emily Limyun Dean will make her feature directing debut on an animated feature for Sony Pictures Animation.

Entitled Tao, the female-driven sci-fi adventure is set in China, according to Deadline, which broke the story.

Tonya Kong, whose credits include the Us TV series Arrow, Daredevil and Justice, is attached as the writer. The plot is under wraps.

The Us-born Chinese-Australian took nights classes in art certificate training at Aftrs and worked on live action short films and TV series while she studied at the University of Sydney.

After graduating with a BA (Honours) in history and English in 2009 she wrote, directed and animated her first animated short Forget Me Not.

Based on her family’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease, it was nominated for the Best Short Animation Award at the 2012 Aacta Awards.

She studied animation at California Institute of the Arts
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‘Lego Movie 2’ Story Artist Emily Dean Making Feature Directorial Debut On Sony Animation’s ‘Tao’

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Exclusive: Deadline has learned that Emily Dean, a vet of such animated pics as The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part and The Lego Batman Movie, is set to make her feature directorial debut on Sony Pictures Animation’s Tao. The project is in early development with Tonya Kong attached to write.

Tao is described as a female-driven sci-fi adventure story that is set in China. The plot is being kept under wraps.

Dean studied at CalArts before starting her career in Pixar’s story department. The Chinese-Australian animation writer-director previously worked in the Story Department at Warner Bros. under Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, serving as their Story Artist on The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Movie 2.

She won an Australian Academy Award for her animated short film Forget Me Not in 2012.

Dean is repped by Verve, Brillstein and Morris Yorn. Kong is repped by Verve, 3 Arts and Jackoway Tyerman.
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Robin Will Reportedly Feature In Matt Reeves’ The Batman

At last, Robert Pattinson was officially announced as the new Batman today, meaning that Matt Reeves’ upcoming reboot of the Dark Knight’s big screen adventures is finally on the go. Alongside that news though, we might’ve also learned that Pattinson’s hero won’t be saving Gotham all by his lonesome but may be about to form a dynamic duo with Robin.

Forbes reports that the Boy Wonder could “potentially” play a role in The Batman, with a casting announcement said to be coming soon. When it’ll arrive, we can’t say for sure, but while Batman and Robin are traditionally inseparable in the comics, in the movies, it’s a different story.

Only four of the ten Batman solo films released so far have featured Dick Grayson’s sidekick. And one of those is Michael Cera’s turn in The Lego Batman Movie. Another, meanwhile, is
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The Best Cameos in ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part!’

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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part included appearances from some pretty famous faces, but did you spot them all? Well don’t worry because we’ve got you covered!

To celebrate the release of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray and Digital Download June 3rd, we’re taking a look back at some of the special guest cameos that made the film even more awesome!

Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are the recurring stars of The Lego Movies, making special guest appearances in both the original The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie! They once again reprised their roles as Lego versions of DC superheroes Superman and Green Lantern in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. The two actors are said to have landed roles in the films following their work with
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Beautiful and Moving Trailer For DreamWorks New Animated Film Abominable

We have a beautiful trailer for you today for the upcoming Universal DreamWorks movie, Abominable. Before I watched the trailer, I wondered why they were making another animated movie about a yeti, since we just had Smallfoot last year. Then I watched the trailer. This looks like such a beautiful film! The story has a lot of heart, and it looks like a totally different movie that involves magic and fantasy. I’m really excited about this one and I know my kids will be too.

DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production Abominable takes audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes. When teenage Yi encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to
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Hulu adapting Stephen King fantasy The Eyes of the Dragon

Streaming service Hulu has snapped up the rights to develop a TV adaptation of Stephen King’s epic fantasy novel The Eyes of the Dragon, in what Deadline reports is being eyed as a potential “Ya answer to Game of Thrones.”

Published in 1984, The Eyes of the Dragon marked a genre shift for King, who had at that time restricted himself to horror. Taking place in the Kingdom of Delain, it follows the young Prince Peter, who is framed for the murder of his father King Roland by Flagg (of The Stand and The Dark Tower fame), a sorcerer who takes de facto control of the throne and the kingdom through Peter’s younger brother Thomas.

Seth Graheme-Smith has signed on to write the script for the pilot episode of The Eyes of the Dragon, and will serve as showrunner should it make it to series, as well as executive
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Interview: Keanu Reeves & Chad Stahelski At The Gala Screening Of ‘John Wick 3’

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It arrives in cinemas later this month, but the cast and filmmakers of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum have started their international publicity tour for the new sequel, and this very evening both Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski took to the red carpet for a gala screening in London.

Official synopsis: In this third instalment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

Also starring in the new sequel is Laurence Fishburne (Boyz n the Hood, The Matrix Trilogy); Lance Reddick (White House Down, American Horror Story); Tobias Segal (Sneaky Pete, Mindhunter) and Ian McShane (Deadwood, American Gods). They
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