Author Archives: Edward Douglas

“Game Night” Directors Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley on Making the Comedy Thriller (Interview)

GameNight1The writers of Horrible Bosses and directors of the Vacation remake talk about trying to mix genres and how they cast some of the more unlikely roles like the one played by Jesse Plemons.

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Mel Gibson, Robert Towne Developing James Crumley’s “Dancing Bear” for USA Network Series

MelGibsonDancingBearProducer Mike Medavoy and Towne had been trying to turn Crumley’s novel into a film for TriStar, but they’re now retooling it for an hour-long cable pilot.

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Robert Rodriguez, Max Borenstein Teaming for Sci-Fi Thriller “Hypnotic”

RodriguezBorensteinThe writer of Skull: Kong Island will do rewrites on Rodriguez’s own original script with distributor Studio 8 hoping to turn it into a franchise.

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More Sundance Sales: Netflix Picks Up Animated “White Fang,” Samuel Goldwyn Snaps Up “Nancy”

WhiteFangNancyThe animated take on Jack London’s classic tale of fiction and the psychological thriller starring Andrea Riseborough are both expected to be released this year.

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“Black Panther” Didn’t Just Break February Records with Its Astounding $242 Million Weekend

black panther poster bannerMarvel’s game-changing movie made more in its opening weekend than both Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, and it set a new Monday record by grossing $40.2 million.

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Reviewing the 2018 Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts

LiveActionShorts2018CollageDeKalb Elementary, The Eleven O’Clock, My Nephew Emmett, The Silent Child and Watu Woke (All of Us) are all good, but which one is likely to win the Oscar in this extremely tough category?

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The Complete List of 2018 BAFTA Awards Winners

BAFTA2017Martin McDonagh’s won five BAFTAs including Best Film, Best British Film and for its Original Screenplay, while Guillermo del Toro’s earned three including Best Director.

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Anne Hathaway in Talks to Team with “Mudbound’s” Dee Rees for “The Last Thing He Wanted”

Anne Hathaway ExcerptThe political thriller based on Joan Didion’s 1996 novel would star Hathaway as a Washington Post reporter who gets entrenched in the world of arms dealing.

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Can We Please Stop Overusing the Word “Masterpiece”? (Opinion)

MasterpieceCollageWhen every movie can only be the “best” or “worst” and there’s no in-between, it signifies a broken critical system that ignores the sad fact that there’s more mediocre than anything else.

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Career Therapist: Will Nicolas Cage Ever Be an A-List Star Again?

nicolasCageCareerTherapist1The Oscar-nominated superstar hasn’t made a studio film since 2013’s animated The Croods, so is there a way for Cage to climb his way back to the top of the ladder?

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Under the Radar: The Animated Drama “Tehran Taboo” Is Disturbingly Enlightening about the Treatment of Women in Iran

TehranTabooAli Soozandeh’s first film to get a U.S. theatrical release deals with a number of interlocking stories dealing with the antiquated religious beliefs in Iran that hold women back, while male dominance and sexism thrives.

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Haley Bennett, Matthias Schweighoefer in Talks to Join Jesse Eisenberg’s “Resistence”

BennettSchweighoferEisenberg will play legendary French mime Marcel Marceau who helped the French Resistance rescue thousands of French children by taking them to safety in Switzerland.

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Weekend Update: “Black Panther” on Its Way to Break Records with $75.8 Million Friday

blackpantherposterTNBoth Aardman’s animated Early Man and Pure Flix’s Samson bombed badly going up against the dominant Marvel Studios movie.

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Warner Bros. Jumps on Sci-Fi Spec “Harry’s All Night Hamburgers”

HarrysAllNightAdapted from the Hugo-winning short story by Lawrence Watt-Evans by Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman (ORB) , the premise involves a diner where travelers from parallel universes converge.

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Olivia Wilde Sets Up Directorial Debut “Booksmart” at Annapurna, Starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein

OliviaWildeKatilynDeverBeanieFeldsteinWritten by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins with revisions by Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman, the comedy is about two high school seniors who realize they spent too much time studying and not enough time partying.

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Bleecker Street Lines Up 2018 Release Schedule, Including “Papillon” and Sundance Pick-Ups

BleeckerStreetReleases18The Keira Knightley period drama Collette and Hilary Swank’s What They Had, both which premiered at Sundance, seem to be getting aligned for possible awards pushes.

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“Black Panther” Roars into Theaters with $25.2 Million on Thursday

black pantherThat Thursday opening puts it ahead of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, which introduced Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther two years ago and could see it grossing more than $200 million over the holiday weekend.

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Burt Reynolds is Back in First Trailer for “The Last Movie Star”

reynoldslastmoviestarIn the film from Adam Rifkin, the 81-year-old Reynolds plays an aging Hollywood star invited to receive a Lifetime Achievement award from a small film festival in Nashville.

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“Black Panther” Will Probably Set a New February Opening Record and Be a Game-Changer for Marvel, Disney

BlackPantherTVSpotOr maybe it will just be another Marvel movie that makes a ton of money because all Marvel movies do. There are other movies opening this weekend, too, but does anyone even care?

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“The Villainess” Director Jung Byung-Gil Tapped for Gerard Butler’s “Afterburn”

AfterburnJungByungGilBased on the limited series published by Red 5 Comics, the film would put Butler in the role of a treasure hunter, working with a female weapons expert to steal the Mona Lisa after a solar flare takes out security systems in Europe.

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“The Boy Downstairs” Filmmaker Sophie Brooks on the Relationship Dramedy (Interview)

BoyDownstairs1The indie rom-com stars Zosia Mamet (HBO’s Girls) as a young woman who moves back to New York and inadvertently rents an apartment in the same building as her ex-boyfriend.

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The Final Red-Band Trailer for Nash Edgerton’s Comedy “Gringo” Grabs History by the (Censored) (Video)

GringoFinalTrailerStarring David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton and Sharlto Copley, the comedy takes place in the world of medical cannabis. It will be released nationwide on March 9.

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First Look at Robert Pattinson as Spaceman in Claire Denis’ “High Life”

PattinsonHighLifeCo-starring Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin and Mia Goth, High Life will be the first English-language film directed by the French filmmaker behind Beau Travail and White Material.

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Disney-Pixar Gives Sneak Peek at Brad Bird’s “The Incredibles 2” During Winter Olympics

Incredibles2Teaser2“Done properly, parenting is a heroic act,” says Bird’s Edna Mode in the hilarious new TV spot for the sequel to Pixar’s popular 2004 look at superheroes.

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“Call of Duty” Movie In the Works From the Director of “Sicario 2: Soldado”

callofdutyThe Italian filmmaker directed the Gomorrah TV series before taking over for Denis Villeneuve on the action-thriller sequel starring Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin.

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“Den of Thieves” Gets Sequel with Gerard Butler, Director Christian Gudegast Returning

DenOfThievesSEquelO’Shea Jackson Jr. is still in negotiations, but otherwise, everyone including “50 Cent” Jackson are on board for another heist movie.

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“Descendants” Writers Jim Rash, Nat Faxon Directing “Batso and the Wall” for 3311 Productions

RashFaxonThe directors of the 2013 Sundance fave The Way, Way Back will tackle the amazing achievement by mountain climber Warren “Batso” Harding, working from a script by Eamon O’Sullivan.

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Judy Greer Becomes Series Regular on Jim Carrey’s Showtime Comedy “Kidding”

JudyGreerKiddingGreer previously appeared on the shows Married and Arrested Development, and she’s joining Carrey on his first regular television series in decades.

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Melissa McCarthy Joins Tiffany Haddish in New Line Crime-Drama “The Kitchen”

Melissa Mccarthy excerptBased on the Vertigo Comics series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle, the film will be written and directed by Straight Outta Compton writer Andrea Berloff.

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LeBron James Producing “House Party” Remake for New Line

LeBronJamesHousePartyAtlanta writers Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori are writing the screenplay for James’ planned reboot.

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