Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

Toronto: Jeff and Ed’s Top 10 Movies of the Festival, From “Novitiate” to “Call Me by Your Name”

CMBYNTrue stories such as Battle of the Sexes, Darkest Hour and The Disaster Artist reigned supreme at TIFF, where The Killing of a Sacred Deer also made a strong impression.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: J.J. Abrams’ Return to “Star Wars,” the Merits of “It” and a Toronto Recap (Video)

The guys also talk about Daniel Dae Kim replacing Ed Skrein in “Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Army.”

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Jamie Lee Curtis to Return for New “Halloween” Movie From Blumhouse and EP John Carpenter

Halloween 2018The new Halloween is billed as her “final” confrontation with the boogeyman known as Michael Myers, but isn’t that a pretty big spoiler? We’re just surprised the filmmakers are going back to that old well…

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“John Wick” Franchise Graduates to Summer Movie Season as “Chapter Three” Lands Release Date

john wick excerptDirector Chad Stahelski is expected to return, but a lot can change over the next two years, so if he’s lured away by an even bigger action movie, I’d like to see either Gareth Evans (The Raid), Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore) or Jeong Byeong-Gil (The Villainess) take the reins of the hit action franchise.

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James Wan to Produce Horror Movie “Sweet Tooth” for New Line

James Wan Smart HouseNico van den Brink’s short follows a woman who learns that her neighbors — a mother and her two kids — have been killed. That would be enough to freak out anyone, but when she continues to hear the children running around and laughing, she really starts to get the creeps.

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Toronto: James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist” Is the Year’s Funniest Film and the Best Movie of Its Kind Since “Ed Wood”

The Disaster ArtistWith his droopy eye, gaunt face, long hair and an unplaceable accent, Franco is perfect as Tommy Wiseau, nd I wouldn’t be surprised if he earns a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.

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J.J. Abrams to Direct “Star Wars: Episode IX” as Lucasfilm Plays It Safe Following Director Drama

abrams-excerptAbrams hasn’t directed a movie since Star Wars: The Force Awakens, nor was he developing any projects that appeared ready to go, but just because he was available doesn’t mean that Lucasfilm didn’t have to back up the Brinks truck and pay him a ton of money.

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Toronto: Louis C.K.’s “I Love You, Daddy” Sells to The Orchard as A24 Lands Aussie Crime Thriller “1%”

I Love You DaddyLouis C.K. plays a successful TV writer-producer whose teenage daughter strikes up an unusual friendship with a 68-year-old filmmaker whose past includes unsavory accusations. It’s a controversial premise for C.K., who has dealt with unsavory accusations of his own of late, not that buyers were bothered.

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Woody Allen Casts Diego Luna, Liev Schreiber and Rebecca Hall in His Next Movie

Diego LunaThis is the untitled Amazon film that will star Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez and Jude Law, while Annaleigh Ashford and Will Rogers will also be joining them.

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Toronto: Netflix Buys Jim Carrey-Andy Kaufman Documentary and Jason Sudeikis Movie “Kodachrome”

JimAndyKodachromeThe streaming plunked down around $4 million for Mark Raso’s Kodachrome, which finds Ed Harris and Jason Sudeikis playing a father and son who embark on a road trip to Kansas to develop some important rolls of film. Joining them along the way is Elizabeth Olsen, a welcome presence in any indie movie.

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Toronto: Margot Robbie’s “I, Tonya” Spurns Big Netflix Offer in Favor of Bigger Theatrical Release From Neon, 30West

I TonyaLed by Tom Quinn and Tim League, Neon is one of the most exciting indie distributors around today, and it’s buying movies that we actually want to see.

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Toronto: 15 of the Festival’s Best Performances So Far, From A-Listers to Newcomers

Tonya 200Keep in mind that the list below is comprised solely of performances that we’ve actually seen at this point, which is why Denzel Washington, Sally Hawkins, Gary Oldman, Emma Stone Saoirse Ronan and Christian Bale aren’t on here… yet. We may post a sequel later in the week, so stay tuned!

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Meet Mrs. Anastasia Grey in Hot Teaser for “Fifty Shades Freed” (Video)

Fifty Shades FreedDakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are back for the climactic final chapter, and this time, they’re married! Valentine’s Day can’t come soon enough, right?

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Toronto: Midnight Madness Off to a Hot Start With Joseph Kahn’s Battle Rap Movie “Bodied”

Bodied TIFFBodied is the rare satire that works, and in today’s hyper-sensitive, overly-PC culture, it may be exactly what we need right now, especially given the conversation it has inspired about free speech and the consequences of language.

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Toronto: Matt Damon Comes Up Short in Pair of Paramount Pics Thanks to Weak Material

Matt Damon TIFFThere aren’t many true movie stars left these days, though Damon is still one of them. However, if he keeps this up, his career as a leading man may be what gets downsized. Because in Hollywood, like Suburbicon, there’s always some lookalike willing to take your place.

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Toronto: Margot Robbie and Jessica Chastain Shine in Oscar Hopefuls “I, Tonya” and “Molly’s Game,” Which Have Surprising Parallels

Tonya Harding Molly BloomTonya Harding and Molly Bloom may come from very different backgrounds, but they’re both women who picked themselves back up after getting knocked down. The fact that these movies debuted on the same night in Toronto is film festival poetry, folks.

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Gavin O’Connor in Final Negotiations to Direct “Suicide Squad 2” for Warner Bros.

Gavin O'Connor Suicide Squad 2O’Connor will pen a new draft of the script with his writing partner Anthony Tambakis, and if Warners brass is pleased, he’ll likely go on to direct Suicide Squad 2, which has flirted with a handful of directors including Mel Gibson and Jaume Collet-Serra.

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“Star Wars: Episode IX”: The Top 10 Kinds of Directors Lucasfilm Is Likely Considering to Replace Colin Trevorrow

Star Wars: Episode IX DirectorsCan you see Disney turning to one of its Marvel or Pixar directors like Ryan Coogler, Taika Waititi or Brad Bird? What about Ava DuVernay, who just directed A Wrinkle in Time for the studio?

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Radio Silence to Direct Genre Film “Family Ritual” for Fox Searchlight (Exclusive)

Radio Silence Family RitualPlot details remain under wraps, but sources say the script was written by Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy, and describe it as being in the vein of Jordan Peele’s hit Get Out.

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Neal Moritz and His Original Film Banner Heading to Paramount Once Sony Deal Expires in 2019

Neal MoritzThe producer of the Fast and Furious and Jump Street franchises will have a second-look deal with Paramount, effective immediately.

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“Insecure” Star Yvonne Orji Joins Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish in Comedy “Night School”

Yvonne Orji Night SchoolMalcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) is directing the Universal movie, which follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam.

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Universal’s Distribution Chief Nick Carpou to Retire After 35 Years at the Studio

Nick CarpouJim Orr will take over Carpou’s post, while Peter Levinsohn will take on an expanded role at the studio, which is having a strong year thanks to microbudget hits such as Split and Get Out.

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Colin Trevorrow Exits “Star Wars: Episode IX” as Vision Clashes With Lucasfilm

Colin TrevorrowOne intriguing potential replacement would be Patty Jenkins, who still hasn’t closed her deal to direct Wonder Woman 2. It sure would be interesting if she handed that superhero sequel off to someone else to make Star Wars history as the franchise’s first female filmmaker.

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Casey Affleck to Star in Joe Wright’s Adaptation of John Williams’ “Stoner” for Blumhouse

casey-affleck-excerptEthan Hawke will serve as an executive producer on the indie movie, which follows a dirt-poor farmer turned academic who emerges as an unlikely existential hero while making his way through the first half of the 20th century.

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Christian Bale Makes a Case to Join This Year’s Oscar Race in First Trailer for “Hostiles” (Video)

HostilesScott Cooper directed the film, which co-stars Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Stephen Lang, Timothee Chalamet, Adam Beach, Bill Camp, Q’orianka Kilcher and Peter Mullan.

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“Default” Scribe Hannah Rae Dillon Signs With Manager Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment

Energy Entertainment LogoSet in the near future, the sci-fi drama follows an artificially intelligent robot who decides to propose to his human girlfriend. However, a series of events show him just how unequal he still is in society, and hint at a coming revolution amongst those like him.

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Paul Bettany Reunites With Director Ron Howard for Mysterious Role in “Han Solo” Movie

ronPaul200It’s unclear whether Bettany is coming in to replace Michael K. Williams, who was unable to return to the Star Wars set due to a scheduling conflict, or whether Bettany has been cast as an entirely different character.

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August 2017 Agency Moves, From Roseanne Barr and Missy Elliott to Three Up-and-Coming Actresses

Roseanne and Missy CAA and WME signed a trio of up-and-coming actresses in Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time), Grace Van Patten (Tramps) and Letitia Wright, the latter of whom will be seen in Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ready Player One and the fourth season of Black Mirror.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Leonardo DiCaprio as the Joker, Men Writing Female-Driven Remake of “Lord of the Flies” (Video)

Leo as JokerThe guys also discuss the likelihood of Ben Affleck directing the war movie Red Platoon for Sony, Drew Goddard’s starry cast for Bad Times at the El Royale, and the Brawl in Cell Block 99 trailer featuring Vince Vaughn beating up a car.

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Sony Fires Up “The Crow Reborn” as Tom Rothman Lands Another Potential Comic Book Franchise (Exclusive)

The Crow RebornWhile it’s a bit unclear whether Jason Momoa and Corin Hardy remain attached to respectively star in and direct the film, insiders suggest both men are still part of the studio’s plan, as both are on the rise.

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