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With “Nightwing” Less of a Priority for DC Films, Chris McKay Enters Talks to Direct “Dungeons & Dragons” for Paramount

Chris McKay D&DMatt Reeves is working on The Batman, Todd Phillips is working on a standalone Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, Joss Whedon is developing a Batgirl movie, and John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were recently hired to direct The Flash’s solo film. Those four projects, in addition to the upcoming Aquaman and Shazam!, plus sequels to Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad, will tide DC fans over for years to come.

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“Bond 25”: Danny Boyle Is Frontrunner to Direct Daniel Craig’s Last Movie as 007

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“Paddington 2” Helmer Paul King in Talks to Direct Live-Action “Pinocchio”

PaulExcerptKing has recently made a name for himself as Paddington 2 shattered Rotten Tomatoes records, becoming the sites most critically acclaimed movie of all time.

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“Thor: Ragnarok” Scribe Eric Pearson to Rewrite “Cowboy Ninja Viking”

EricExcerptPearson is taking over an earlier draft written by Craig Mazin, who rewrote the original by Paul Wernick and Everett David Reese.

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“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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Viola Davis to Star in Amazon Film “Troupe Zero”

violaexcerptThe Taxidermist helmers Bert & Bertie are attached to direct from a script by Lucy Alibar, with Todd Black producing.

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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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“It” Girl: Jessica Chastain to Star as Adult Beverly in “It: Chapter Two”

Jessica Chastain It SequelChastain has been in discussions to play Beverly for months, but her team had been waiting to see if she’d receive an Oscar nomination for Molly’s Game, which would’ve upped her quote and likely given her more leverage in any negotiation.

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Up-and-Comers of the Month: “Black Panther” Stars Letitia Wright and Winston Duke on Joining the MCU and Working With Ryan Coogler

Black Panther QuadAs T’Challa’s brainiac sister and his rival-turned-ally, these two actors practically steal the movie from their more famous co-stars. Get to know them beyond their characters, who are both slated to return in Avengers: Infinity War.

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11 Presidents That Deserve the Big Screen Treatment

president collageWhile most of the men who’ve held the highest office in the land don’t have their own film, almost all of them had interesting lives. So to celebrate this Presidents’ Day, Sabrina Cognata takes a look at which presidents are sorely lacking their own film and who should play them.

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Dear Quentin, We’ve Found Your Charles Manson, And His Name Is Robert Pattinson (Opinion)

Robert Pattinson Charles Manson Tarantino“He’s got the charisma. He’s got the right kind of cold intelligence. And, man… he’s got the eyes. There is a casually terrifying distance in the way Pattinson can look at someone, something he uses repeatedly in Good Time, that leaves you wondering if you’re safe or not,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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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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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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“Meet the Movie Press”: “Black Panther” Sequel, Jennifer Lawrence’s “Red Sparrow” and Robert Pattinson’s New Movie (Video)

MTMP 2-16The guys also discuss the new directors on the Call of Duty movie and WB’s new Willy Wonka movie, as well as the absurdity of comparing The Cloverfield Paradox to fellow Netflix movie Bright.

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TV Casting Round-Up (02.16.18) Freddie Prince Jr., Lucy Davis, Joel McHale Land Roles & More…

FreddieExcerpt 24‘s Freddie Prine Jr. and Undateable‘s David Fynn have been tapped as male leads in CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot I Mom So Hard.

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As “Black Panther” Hits Theaters, We Revisit the Case of James Gunn Vs. Jodie Foster

James Gunn Jodie Foster Black Panther“If we’re using Jodie Foster’s metaphor, and Black Panther is part of the theme park that Hollywood has become, then it’s one of the best rides — the kind that leaves you wanting more,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Red Sparrow” Review: Russian Spy Film Is Too Slight to Stick, But It’s Perfectly Tailored for Jennifer Lawrence

Red Sparrow Review Jennifer Lawrence“Considering how much of the film is about the power built into any sexual exchange, it’s interesting to see how Francis Lawrence avoids the easy ‘male gaze’ traps of the genre. The film doesn’t feel like it’s objectifying its star, who clearly shares a certain trust with her director,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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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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Scott Eastwood Joins Morgan Freeman in Nick Cassavetes’ Thriller “The Manuscript”

Scott Eastwood The ManuscriptThe indie film follows a jailed genius (Freeman) who writes and sends chapters from a mysterious novel to an aspiring young writer (Eastwood), ensnaring him in a high-stakes ploy to recover $100 million in stolen diamonds.

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