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Peter Straughan, Richard Warlow Writing New BBC Dramas “The Three” and “The Serpent”

straughanwarlowThe award-winning writer of Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy and Wolf Hall will adapt Sarah Lotz’s trilogy for The Three , while the creator of Ripper Street will write The Serpent about notorious French serial killer Charles Sobhraj.

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Director Ric Roman Waugh on “Shot Caller” and What Prison Does to a Man

rrwshotcallerexcerpt The filmmaker’s fourth movie continues to explore the themes established in his earlier films Felon and Snitch, with Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau playing a family man who is sent to prison for a deadly DUI and is transformed by his time behind bars.

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Summer Box Office: The Highs and Lows of a Weaker Movie Season

wonderwomanexcerptThe box office was down considerably from last year, but there were a couple true standouts, including Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman, which grossed more than $400 million in North America alone to take the summer crown.

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Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson To Unite for New Line’s “Son of Shaft” Sequel

usherjacksonexcerptWith plans to start production in the fall, the Tim Story-directed action film brings together the stars of the two previous Shaft movies, including the 1971 action classic, starring Richard Roundtree.

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Patty Jenkins In Talks for Record “Wonder Woman 2” Payday

jenkinsexcerptHaving set a number of box office records for a female filmmaker, including biggest opening and global box office gross, the Monster director is looking for a similar payday as a male director would get for the sequel to such an enormous blockbuster hit.

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“Marvel’s The Punisher” Receives Its First Teaser Trailer from Netflix (Video)

punisherexcerptIntroduced during Season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil, Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of Marvel’s popular vigilante generated enough interest for them to quickly greenlight a full series focusing on the character and his past.

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“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” Looks to Take Down Steven Soderbergh’s Return with “Logan Lucky”

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The second to last weekend before Labor Day, which signifies the end of the summer season, sees two action-comedies featuring big name stars, though the pairing of Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds is likely to surpass the reunion of Channing Tatum with director Steven Soderbergh.

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“American Sniper” Writer Jason Hall Will Direct George Washington Biopic “The Virginian”

jasonhallexcerptThe Oscar-nominated screenwriter, whose directorial debut Thank You For Your Service comes out in October, will rewrite and direct the movie that is meant to show a rougher origin story for the country’s first President as he tries to survive on the American frontier.

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Brian Robbins’ Paramount Players Picks Up “Vacation Guide to the Solar System” From “Spider-Man: Homecoming” Scribes

robbinsxcerptThe fledgling production company has bought the rights to Olivia Koski and astronomer Dr. Jana Grcevich’s sci-fi novel about a routine family trip in outer space that turns deadly. It’s being compared to Jurassic World, but it’ll be based on real science, just like The Martian.

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Guy Pearce, David Tennant Join Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie as “Mary, Queen of Scots” Begins Production

tennantpearceexcerptThe feature film directorial debut by Josie Rourke, artistic director of London’s The Donmar Warehouse, is produced by Working Title Films, who have had a long collaboration with distributor Focus Features. Focus has also released the first picture of Saoirse Ronan as the Scottish Queen.

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“Marvel’s The Defenders” Come Together for One Last Trailer Before Tomorrow’s Netflix Debut (Video)

defendersexcerptAfter five previous series produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios for Netflix, the four heroes — Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist — finally come together to confront a new villain, played by Sigourney Weaver.

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“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” from the Director of “The Lobster” Gets an Eerie First Trailer (Video)

sacreddeerposterxcerptAfter wowing audiences at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the new thriller from Yorgos Lanthimos, who received an Oscar nomination for previous film The Lobster, will play at a number of fall festivals before its release on October 27. It stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Dunkirk‘s Barry Keoghan.

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Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” Gets a Musical Teaser from Netflix (Video)

meyerowitzexcerpt Starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Elizabeth Marvel, the filmmaker’s latest movie about family dysfunction premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May and plays at the New York Film Festival in September before streaming on Netflix starting October 13.

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Dwayne Johnson, Universal Reteam to Produce Genghis Khan Script from Evan Spiliotopoulos

khanjohnsonexcerptThe film and television superstar will produce the project, which is about the hunt for the Mongolian dictator’s tomb, along with his manager Dany Garcia and their production company. Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers will also be involved with the production.

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Randall Park, Ali Wong Team with Netflix For Untitled Romantic Comedy

parkwongexcerpt The two talented Asian comics have been making waves in all forms of media, Park on the hit ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat and Wong on her own ABC show, American Housewife. They co-wrote the script with Michael Golamco (Grimm).

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Geneva Robertson-Dworet Brought in for “Captain Marvel” Rewrites

captainmarvelexcerptWith Mississippi Grind directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck on board to direct Marvel Studios’ March 2019 release and Brie Larson starring, a new writer was bound to be brought in for rewrites.

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Toronto Film Festival Adds 38 More Premieres, Its Primetime Line-Up and Much More

unicornstorexcerpt Directorial debuts by actors Brie Larson and Simon Baker, Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut Molly’s Game, starring Jessica Chastain, and a new movie from comedian Louis C.K. are just some of the many new additions to the 42nd annual Canadian film festival, which runs from September 7 through 17.

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Jessica Chastain is All-In the First Trailer for the Aaron Sorkin Drama “Molly’s Game” (Video)

MollysGameTrailerexcerpt STXfilms will release the Oscar-winning screenwriter’s first foray behind the camera as director on November 22. Adapted from Molly Bloom’s own memoir, the movie follows the story of the Olympic class skier who started up a high-stakes poker game that ran for a decade before her arrest.

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“Patti Cake$” Review: A Joyous Jersey Hip-Hop Fable on Par With “8 Mile” and “Hustle & Flow”

patticakesreviewxcerpt“Geremy Jasper’s directorial debut debuted at Sundance and features exceptional performances from Danielle Macdonald and Bridget Everett, as well some very catchy tunes,” writes Edward Douglas.

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Sony’s 2018 Slate Could Yield Nice Returns From Relatively Low Risk

hoteltrans2excerptSony took Bad Boys 3 off its calendar and bumped Michelle MacLaren’s directorial debut The Nightingale to 2019 as it puts faith in several titles from its genre label Screen Gems.

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Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin to Star in Chuck Lorre’s New Netflix Series “The Kominsky Method”

douglasarkinxcerptThe prolific television producer is already arranging his second Netflix series, following Disjointed with Kathy Bates, which premieres on the network August 25. The show would be Douglas’ first major television series since 1972 and Arkin’s since 2002. It would also be the first time the star of 1979’s The In-Laws and the star of its 2003 remake appeared on-screen together.

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Peter Dinklage Must Solve a Murder in the Sundance Sci-Fi Thriller “Rememory” (Video)

rememoryexcerpt Directed by Mark Palansky (Penelope), the sci-fi thriller received quite a bit of buzz when it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It will be released by Lionsgate Premiere on September 8 after being offered for free on Google Play starting August 24.

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“Scream” Star Jamie Kennedy Joins Brad Pitt in James Gray’s “Ad Astra”

jamiekennedyexcerptAfter nearly a decade of lower profile projects, the actor and comedian, who starred in Son of the Mask and Malibu’s Most Wanted, returns to the big screen with a number of roles in prominent feature films.

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“Annabelle: Creation” Avoids Franchise Fatigue, Opens with $35 Million

boxoffice813excerptIt seemed like the summer box office had run its course after the past two disappointing weekends, but the New Line/Warner Bros. horror prequel was able defy most expectations and predictions, although it still ended up below the opening of its predecessors.

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Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” with Willem Dafoe Gets Its First Trailer (Video)

floridaprojectexcerpt After making waves at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was picked up by A24, the new film from the acclaimed director of Tangerine gets its first trailer that gives some idea why the critics raved over the movie as well as Dafoe’s performance.

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Career Therapist: What’s Going on with Naomi Watts?

naomi-wattsThis week’s The Glass Castle is Naomi Watts’ fourth movie of 2017, but did you see any of them, and has she been using her considerable talents to pick the best roles that show off said talents?

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“The Limehouse Golem” Trailer Puts Bill Nighy On the Case to Find a Killer (Video)

limehousegolemtralerexcerpt The Jane Goldman adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s novel premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and will be released by RLJ Entertainment on September 8.

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Under the Radar: Bertrand Bonello’s “Nocturama”

nocturamaexcerptThe new film from French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent) features an amazing group of young actors and an intriguing story that may not immediately be obvious from watching its gorgeous trailer.

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Weekend Box Office Update: “Annabelle: Creation” Exceeding Expectations

annabelleboxofficexcerptAfter two very soft and disappointing weekends at the box office, things have started to pick up, mainly thanks to a horror prequel (to a prequel) that has successfully evaded the franchise fatigue that has hurt so many other movies this summer.

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Remembering Haruo Nakajima, the Andy Serkis of His Time

haruoexcerptWhen the man best known for wearing the Godzilla suit passed away at 88 years old this past week, there were many touching tributes from genre fans and sites, but sometimes, a more personal touch is required when talking about the man who made many of our childhoods so special.

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