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Luca Guadagnino to Direct Jennifer Lawrence in True Crime Drama “Burial Rites”

LawrenceGuadagninoTriStar Pictures has the distribution rights to the adaptation of Hannah Kent’s 2013 novel about the execution of an Icelandic woman in the 19th Century.

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Scott Cooper, Guillermo del Toro Hoping to Team for Supernatural Thriller “Antlers”

CooperDelToroThe Shape of Water filmmaker has just attached himself to co-write and direct a remake of the 1947 Fox film Nightmare Alley, both projects for Fox Searchlight.

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Filmmaker Justin Chon Will Follow “Gook” with New Original Film for Macro

JustinChonChon’s film won the NEXT category at the Sundance Film Festival, and he’ll be making his next film while at the same time appearing on ABC’s upcoming Deception as a regular.

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“The Duff” Director Ari Sandel Chosen to Helm Sony’s “Goosebumps” Sequel

AriSandelTNThere are two possible scripts being developed, each based on a different one of R.L. Stine’s books in the popular series, but only one of them would star Jack Black as Stine.

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John Legend, Michael De Luca Producing “Long Way Down” for Universal

LegendDeLucaJason Reynolds’ finalist for the National Book Award had a small bidding war for the movie rights, which Universal won, getting De Luca and Legend as part of the package.

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The Final Trailer for Will Smith’s Police Fantasy-Thriller “Bright” (Video)

BrightExcerptDirected by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch), the Netflix movie could be a game-changer for the streaming service by being the only place to see Will Smith’s new movie.

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Director Steven Caple Jr. Replaces Stallone as Director on “Creed 2”

CapleCreed2Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson are all returning for the sequel to the 2015 box office hit that put Stallone back in the Oscar race. Creed 2 is scheduled for release on Nov. 21, 2018.

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Seth Rogen Playing Walter Cronkite in David Gordon Green’s “Newsflash”

RogenCronkiteThe Ben Jacoby-scripted drama is being fast-tracked by former WB exec. Greg Silverman with juicy roles including someone to play a young Dan Rather.

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Golden Globes: The Complete List of Nominations for the 75th Annual Awards

Golden GlobesThe Hollywood Foreign Press Association is announcing the nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globes this morning with the winners announced on Sunday, January 7 at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET live on NBC, hosted by Seth Meyers.

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Not Much Movement at Box Office as “Coco” Remains #1 for Third Weekend

CocoBoxOfficeTNA24’s The Disaster Artist, directed by and starring James Franco, enters the top 5 with an est. $6.4 million. Broad Green’s Just Getting Started isn’t… it bombed pretty badly its opening weekend.

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The New Full Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” Looks Pretty Awesome (Video)

ReadyPlayerONeTrailerThe adaptation of Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel will be released on March 30. It stars Tye Sheridan (Mud), Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller and Simon Pegg.

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Sony’s Animated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Gets a First Teaser (Video)

SpiderVerseTeaserShameik Moore from Dope voices Miles Morales in the animated film produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie).

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“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” Unveils Season 2 Teaser, Release Date (Video)

JessicaJonesSeason2Krysten Ritter stars as the super-powered P.I. created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. Jessica Jones is only the second Marvel/Netflix series to get a second season so far.

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Why the Academy Should Reduce the Best Picture Nominees Back Down to Five

Ocsars900507Looking at a few reasons why the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences can cut back on the Best Picture nominees to make the main Oscar race seem that much more special.

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Golden Globe Film Predictions – What Surprises Might be in Store?

Golden GlobesWe examine ten of the main categories in the annual awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press before nominations are announced Monday.

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A24 Is On Fire This Year, From “Moonlight’s” Oscar Win to Its Current Awards Crop

LadyBirdTrailerOne of the more successful newer indie distributors has discovered the secrets of marketing and distribution to the point where they might have their best year yet with Lady Bird and The Disaster Artist.

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Weekend Update: “Coco” Remains Atop the Box Office

CocoBoxOfficeTNJames Franco’s The Disaster Artist faring well in first weekend of wide release, while Justice League and Wonder are in a close race for second place.

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Under the Radar: 2017 Films That Deserve More Love

patticakesreviewxcerpt13 movies you might have missed or maybe some you’ve never even heard of, but hopefully will have a chance to watch before year’s end.

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TriStar’s “The Phantom Tollbooth” Has Found “Game of Thrones” Director Matt Shakman

PhantomTollboothMattShakmanNorton Juster’s 1961 children’s book, illustrated by Jules Pfeiffer, is considered a beloved classic. Shakman is best known for his television work on Game of Thrones and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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The Action-Packed Final “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” Trailer Makes It Look Like “Fast and the Furious” (Video)

MazerunnertrailerThe finale to Wes Ball’s adaptation of James Dashner’s sci-fi series hits theaters January 26.

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The First Trailer for James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez’s “Alita: Battle Angel” (Trailer)

battleangelalitaThe remake of the Japanese manga by Yukito Kishiro stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson.

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Showtime Puts “Kilroy County” into Development with Alexander Payne Producing

AlexanderPaynePayne and his production partners are joined by director Miguel Arteta, writer Roberto Benabib (Weeds) in this venture to adapt the Dutch series Holland’s Hoop.

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Actor Richard Jenkins on the Magic of Making “The Shape of Water” (Interview)

JenkinsShapeofWaterExcerptGuillermo del Toro’s fantasy might put Jenkins back in the Oscar race for his supporting role as the friend and neighbor of a mute woman, played by Sally Hawkins.

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The First “Loveless” Trailer Plays Up the Tension of the Russian Drama (Video)

LovelessTrailerThe new film from Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan) already received an award at Cannes and is likely to receive many more accolades in the coming months.

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“Doctor Who Christmas Special” Gets a New Teaser, Peter Capaldi Gets a Farewell Special (Video)

DoctorWhoXMasExcerptBBC America will kick off this year’s annual tradition with a 7-day 24-hour marathon covering the last three actors that played the Doctor. Capaldi will be replaced by Jodie Whitaker for the next season.

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Armie Hammer on How “Call Me By Your Name” Changed His Views on Filmmaking (Interview)

ArmieHammerCMBYNExcerptThe actor breaks away from big studio fare to take on his most challenging and satisfying role in Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of André Aciman’s novel, as well as making his first foray on Broadway.

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AFI Goes Indie for Top 10 Films and TV Programs of 2017

AFITop102017Wonder Woman, Dunkirk and The Post represent the studios while the seven other selections were all independent films.

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Netflix Developing Film Based on John Scalzi’s “Old Man’s War”

OldmanswarJon Shestack Productions and Madhouse Entertainment will produce the film for the streaming network.

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Marvel Announces New Animated Franchise with “Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors” (Video)

MarvelRisingExcerptSix Ghost-Spider (aka Spider-Gwen) digital shorts will be followed by a feature-length film featuring voice talent that includes Dove Cameron, Chloe Bennet, Tyler Posey, Kim Raver and BooBoo Stewart.

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Another Drab Weekend at Box Office Before “Star Wars” Destroys All

BoxOffice128JGSDisasterArtistRon Shelton’s comedy Just Getting Started, starring Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones, takes on James Franco’s The Disaster Artist as it expands nationwide.

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