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Are Film Festivals Really Helping the Independent Film Biz? (Opinion)

FestivalLogosEast Coast Editor Edward Douglas looks at the pros and cons of the festival circuit and if it really helps independent films find an audience.

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“A Quiet Place” Should Pull Off a Surprise Second Weekend Win over The Rock’s “Rampage”

AQuietPlaceBluntRampage will win Friday with $11.5 million including $2.4 million from Thursday previews, but A Quiet Place should still be able to steal a second weekend victory.

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James Cameron, Tim Miller Cast “Agents of SHIELD” Star Gabriel Luna as the New Terminator

TerminatorExcerptNatalie Reyes (Lady, La Vendedora de Rosas) and Diego Boneta (Scream Queens) have also been cast to star in the film. Both Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, two of the franchise staples, will return, joined by Mackenzie Davis from The Martian and Blade Runner 2049.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Cannes-Netflix Beef, “It” Sequel Casting News and “Rampage” vs. “A Quiet Place” (Video)

MTMP 4-13The guys also talk about Warner Bros.’ decision to cut ties with Brett Ratner and weigh in on Universal’s hiring of David Leitch to direct the Fast and Furious spinoff.

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Elle Fanning is the Woman Who Created Frankenstein in “Mary Shelley” Trailer (Video)

MaryExcerpt The film follows The love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18 year old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein.

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Paramount Wins Rights to Bestselling “Aru Shah and the End of Time” as Possible Collaboration with Allspark Pictures

ParamountAruShahRoshani Chokshi’s bestselling novel tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who inadvertently releases a spirit bent on destroying the world unless she can stop it.

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“Limelight” Club Owner Peter Gatien to get Memoir, Biopic Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

PeterGatienAlfonsoGomezRejonThe director of Me and Earl and the Dying GIrl will helm the biopic about the Canadian owner of some of New York City’s most notorious nightclubs in the ’90s.

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Sundance Fave “A Kid Like Jake” Gets a Touching First Trailer (Video)

AKidLikeJakeTrailerDirected by Silas Howard, the June 1 release stars Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer and introduces Leo James Davis as 4-year-old Jake whose parents are concerned with his/her gender identity questions.

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Disney-Pixar Releases an Exciting and Funny New “Incredibles 2” Trailer (Video)

Incredibles2Teaser2Elastigirl has a job as a full-time superhero leaving Mr. Incredible at home with the kids including a super-powered baby Jack-Jack.

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Remind Yourself to Read UTA’s Hot Spec “Before We Forget,” Described as “The Fugitive” With a Female Lead

AliensWritten by Rachel Long and Brian Pittman, who previously wrote the Black List script The Civilian, the plot involves a cataclysmic event that erases humanity’s memories. When a woman wakes up with no memory of her young daughter, she uses her maternal instincts and clues that she left for herself to find her child amid the chaos.

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Sundance Standouts “Three Identical Strangers,” “American Animals” Unveil First Trailers (Video)

Three Identical American AnimalsThree Identical Strangers is the best film I’ve seen this year, period. Without spoiling anything, the story follows three men who discover at age 19 that they are identical triplets who were separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The question is… why?

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Lucy Hale Gets High With Her High School Friends in First Trailer for Netflix Comedy “Dude” (Video)

LucyExcerptThe film follows four friends who are riding the high of high school by bonding over relationships, drugs, and living their best lives.

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Bill Hader, James McAvoy in Talks to Join Jessica Chastain in New Line’s “It” Sequel

HaderMcAvoyItHader is in talks to play the adult version of Jaeden Lieberher’s Bill, while McAvoy would play Finn Wolfhard’s Richie. Plans are to start filming in Toronto this July.

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“The Rider” Filmmaker Chloé Zhao on Writing For and Working With Non-Actors (Interview)

TheRiderBOPZhao’s feature about a badly-injured cowboy, played by real-life cowboy Brady Jandreau, was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, and has played dozens of film festivals since its Cannes debut.

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“Rampage” Review: The Rock Fights a Giant Alligator, So the Future of Movies Is In Good Hands

DwayneJohnsonRampage“When you make a giant monster movie called Rampage there are two things I expect from your finished film. First, giant monsters. Second, some rampagin’. The contract has been fulfilled,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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Jim Carrey Investigates a Grisly Murder in “Dark Crimes” Trailer (Video)

DarkExcerptThe film follows Tadek (Carrey), as a Polish detective who finds similarities between a murder and a crime in a book. His journey down the rabbit hole eventually leads him to uncover a tangled web of lies and corruption.

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“Ant-Man and the Wasp’s” Randall Park Joins “Aquaman,” Meaning He’ll Appear in DC and Marvel Movies In the Same Year

Randall Park AquamanDirector James Wan took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that Park is joining Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Dolph Lundgren and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman.

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Haley Lu Richardson, Moises Arias Join Cole Sprouse in Justin Baldoni’s Romantic Drama “Five Feet Apart”

Five Feet ApartThe story follows two young people in love who refuse to be defined by the obstacles that separate them, including a big one — they’re forbidden to touch.

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Kristen Bell Joining STXfilms’ Musical Comedy “Fantasy Camp”

KristenBellSAGAwardsBell starred in STX Entertainment’s hit comedy Bad Moms and its 2017 sequel A Bad Moms Christmas with the Sid Karger-scripted Fantasy Camp returning her to her musical background from Frozen.

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Disney’s Live-Action “Mulan” Casts Two of China’s Biggest Stars

GongLiJetLiGong Li and Jet Li join the live action film based on the 1998 animated feature, which will be directed by Whale Rider director Niki Caro.

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Martin Scorsese to Direct Untitled Netflix Comedy About SCTV

MartinExcerptThe Canadian classic SCTV aired for six seasons between 1976 and 1984, quickly establishing itself as one of pop culture’s touchstone comedies. The series’ stars include some of the most beloved and celebrated names in laughter, include the late John Candy and Harold Ramis.

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David Leitch Directing Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham “Fast and Furious” Spin-Off

HobbsLeitchShawJohnson’s Hobbs and Statham’s Deckard Shaw are branching off from the blockbuster Universal franchise for a buddy action-comedy set in the same universe. Leitch’s Deadpool 2 opens next month.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s “Rampage” to Run Rampant at Box Office This Weekend

RampageTruthOrDareFriday the 13th should give a big boost to last week’s “A Quiet Place” and might keep “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare” from completely bombing.

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Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett’s Big Plan Comes Together in New Trailer for “Ocean’s 8” (Video)

Oceans8TrailerSandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett do most of the plotting for a planned jewelry heist at New York’s annual Met Gala. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, James Corden, Sarah Paulson and many more.

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Timothée Chalamet Becomes a Pot Entrepreneur as A24 Releases First “Hot Summer Nights” Trailer (Video)

HotSummerNightsBannerIn Elijah Bynum’s debut, Chalamet plays a young man who gets involved with selling drugs while trying to win the girl, in this case played by It Follows star Maika Monroe.

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2018 Cannes Film Festival Announces Line-Up with Spike Lee, David Robert Mitchell, Godard in Competition

CannesGodardBannerForty-four films have been announced so far with more films to be added for the 71st annual film festival which takes place from May 8 through May 19.

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Why Are We Still Surprised When Smart Horror Movies Like “Get Out” and “A Quiet Place” Are Big Hits?

Get Out Quiet“There’s gold in them there scares, and just about every studio is eager to mine the fright genre and its loyal audience for all they’re worth,” writes Neil Turitz. The question now is, who will follow in Jordan Peele and John Krasinski’s successful footsteps?

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Hot Off “A Quiet Place,” John Krasinski and Platinum Dunes to Produce Sci-Fi Movie “Life on Mars”

John KrasinskiThe project will be based on the short story “We Have Always Lived on Mars” by Cecil Castellucci, which follows a woman who discovers she can breathe the air on Mars, upending her world and that of her fellow colonists.

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“Rogue One” Star Donnie Yen to Star in Disney’s Live Action “Mulan”

YenExcerptYen will play Commander Tung, a mentor, and teacher to Mulan. He joins previously announced cast member Liu Yifeil as the titular character.

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Cannes Needs Netflix A Lot More Than Netflix Needs Cannes, So Why Can’t the Elitist Film Festival See That?

NetCanThe idea that Cannes is telling filmmakers like Alfonso Cuarón and Paul Greengrass to take their new movies elsewhere is mind-boggling to me. It’s not like Netflix is offering the festival a bunch of Adam Sandler movies. No, the streaming service is offering Cannes the cream of their crop, so to speak, and yet, somehow, that still isn’t good enough.

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