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Kevin Hart to Star in Action Comedy “Night School,” Which Tim Story Will Direct for Universal

Kevin Hart Tim Story Night School UniversalThe story follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes as they study for the GED exam. It certainly sounds closer to Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School than Billy Bob Thornton’s School for Scoundrels .

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Why Taika Waititi Is Destined to Save Thor — And Deliver One of the MCU’s Best Movies

Thor Ragnarok ExcerptWith New Zealand director Taika Waititi at the helm and heart, Thor: Ragnarok is shaping up to not only be the best Marvel movie of 2017, but one of the best Marvel movies ever, and finally giving the Norse god the due he’s deserved since Kenneth Branagh’s film.

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Fede Alvarez to Direct “Labyrinth” Spinoff for TriStar

Labyrinth ExcerptThe untitled Labyrinth spinoff of Jim Henson’s 1986 cult classic has found its director in Fede Alvarez, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Jay Basu will write the script for the project, which is a co-production between TriStar and The Jim Henson Co.

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Sony Taps Shameik Moore of “The Get Down” to Voice Spider-Man with Liev Schreiber as Villain

Shameik Moore ExcerptFilmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller have found their Spider-Man and his villain in Sony’s upcoming untitled animated project. Shameik Moore will lend his voice to hero Miles Morales and Liev Schreiber will play the villain.

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Paramount Hires Original “Coming to America” Writers to Pen Sequel for Eddie Murphy (Exclusive)

Coming to America 2Kevin Misher is producing the sequel to John Landis’ classic comedy, which grossed an astounding $288 million worldwide back in 1988.

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“Beatriz at Dinner” Trailer Sees Everyone Get Served by Salma Hayek, Especially John Lithgow (Video)

Salma Hayek Beatriz at DinnerThere’s a lot of “Trump era” talk surrounding Miguel Arteta’s new film given how it tackles issues of race and class head-on, but let’s be clear — it was made long before Trump was voted President, so however timely its politics, they’re purely coincidental.

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Robert De Niro Reminds Us of His Greatness in New Trailer for HBO’s Bernie Madoff Movie “The Wizard of Lies” (Video)

Robert De Niro The Wizard of LiesBased on his recent output, it’d be easy to forget just how great an actor Robert De Niro can be, but then an incredible part like Bernie Madoff comes along to remind you of his supreme talent and all is right with the world again.

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Dolph Lundgren to Play King Nereus in “Aquaman” Opposite Jason Momoa

Dolph Lundgren AquamanThe Rocky IV star will play King Nereus, the ruler of the aquatic kingdom of Xebel, who claims Mera as his own and has it in for Momoa’s Aquaman.

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Benedict Cumberbatch in Talks to Star in “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit”

Benedict Cumberbatch ExcerptDoctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch is in negotiations to star in the adaptation of The Man in the Rockefeller Suit for Fox Searchlight, based on the true story of the infamous Rockefeller imposter.

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Kathleen Robertson to Pen “The Possibilities” Adaptation for Jason Reitman

kathleen robertson excerptFox Searchlight’s adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel The Possibilities has attached Kathleen Robertson to write the script. Helen Estabrook and Jason Reitman will produce with Reitman also set to direct.

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Sarah Polley Is the Best Kind of Filmmaker to Adapt “The Best Kind of People”

Sarah Polley The Best Kind of PeopleZoe Whittall’s acclaimed novel follows a respected prep school teacher who is arrested for a sex crime — news that devastates his family, who become social pariahs as their community turns on them even though there are still questions surrounding his guilt.

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“The Fate of the Furious” Film Review: High Octane Family Dysfunction That Partially Satisfies

fate-furious-excerptIn the eighth installment of the multi-billion dollar franchise dramatically titled The Fate of the Furious, the fuel tank only reaches the 3/4 mark and could have used a couple more boosts of NOS to make it reach peak fun-filled ridiculousness.

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Sylvester Stallone Signs On for “Escape Plan 3” as Titus Welliver, UFC Champ Tyron Woodley Join “Part 2”

Escape Plan Sylvester StalloneDirector Steven C. Miller works lean and mean, regularly completing more than 150 camera set-ups a day. It’s that kind of efficiency behind the camera that explains why EFO is bringing him back to direct the third film. By sticking to a tight schedule, Miller helps the company keep production costs down.

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Josh Brolin to Play Cable in “Deadpool 2” and Beyond, Sources Confirm Before Ryan Reynolds

BrolinCable_ExcerptSources say Brad Pitt was reluctant to sign a multi-picture deal that called for as many as five films. Brolin’s deal is reportedly for four movies — an issue that was surely a point of contention during negotiations.

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The Continuing (and Relevant) Legacy of “The Fast and the Furious”

Fate of the Furious ExcerptEven with only having seen one film of The Fast and the Furious franchise, Neil Turitz has observed the power and legacy of these films and examines, from an outsider’s perspective, how and why they’ve done so well and what’s in their future.

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“Detroit” Trailer Lands with John Boyega Caught in Middle of 1967 Riots

john boyega excerptJohn Boyega stars in Kathryn Bigelow’s next Oscar contender, Detroit. The thrilling drama tells the story of the 1967 riots.

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Jude Law to Play Young Dumbledore in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Sequel

Jude Law ExcerptThe Tracking Board has confirmed that British actor Jude Law will be taking up the mantle of Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel.

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“The Lost City of Z” Film Review: You’ll Certainly Get Lost and Catch Some Z’s

city-of-z-excerptPercy Fawcett’s story is an amazing tale of courage and wild passion for undiscovered truth. %here are moments when Gray’s adaptation captures those emotions, but the film is one of those movies you’re supposed to like for the sake of liking it. As adventurous as it is, it feels like a film that would have been better if it were released in the late ’90s or early ’00s.

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“Rogue One” Honest Trailer Points Out All the Shots From the Ads That Weren’t In the Film (Video)

Rogue One ExcerptThe Screen Junkies gang is back to riff on the first Star Wars spinoff, which according to them, should be retitled Suicide Squad: An Unnecessary Star Wars Story.

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Brad Pitt to Star in James Gray’s Secretive Sci-Fi Movie “Ad Astra,” And We’ve Got New Plot Details

Brad Pitt Ad Astra Gray has been vague regarding plot details but it is known that Pitt will play Roy McBride, an Army Corps engineer who embarks on a mission across the galaxy to discover the truth about his father, who disappeared in space 20 years earlier while searching for signs of alien life. But there’s more to it than that…

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The Rules, They Always Be Changin’ — Academy Shakes Up Two Major Categories

OJ Made in America excerptThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changed the rules to two major categories. Neil Turitz explains how these rule changes could greatly impact who gets nominated in the categories in the coming years.

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“Thor: Ragnarok” Trailer Pits Thor Against Hulk, Proves Taika Waititi Was a Good Call (Video)

thor ragnarokDirector Taika Waititi isn’t just bring some heightened humor to Thor: Ragnarok, he’s also brought new friends, foes, and some seriously epic fantasy.

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Lionsgate Wins Seven-Figure Bidding War for Inkshares Book “The Punch Escrow”

Irina Ivanova ExcerptWith multiple studios bidding on the sci-fi manuscript that’s being compared to Looper and Ready Player One, it’s Lionsgate who comes out on top to win newcomer Tal M. Klein’s first book.

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Spike Lee Pays Tribute to “Rodney King” in Netflix Trailer for Roger Guenveur Smith’s Powerful One-Man Show (Video)

Rodney King Spike Lee Roger Guenveur SmithThe film offers a fresh perspective on the infamous incident courtesy of Guenveur Smith, who has been performing this monologue for several years, earning no shortage of critical acclaim.

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“Spectacular” Reunion in the Works, as Miles Teller Will Join Shailene Woodley in STX’s Survival Thriller “Adrift”

Miles Teller Shailene Woodley AdriftBaltasar Kormakur (Everest) is directing Adrift, which is based on a true story about a couple who set sail for Tahiti when a massive storm ruined their boat, leaving them stranded at sea roughly 1,500 miles from Hawaii.

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Meet the Real-Life “Rocky” in First Trailer for Liev Schreiber’s Boxing Movie “Chuck” (Video)

Liev Schreiber ChuckChuck Wepner was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career when his life changed overnight in 1975 after being chosen to take on Muhammad Ali in a highly-publicized heavyweight title match that, as legend has it, was witnessed by Sylvester Stallone.

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Dick Cheney Movie Coming Together With Christian Bale as Former VP, But at What Cost for New Paramount?

Christian Bale Dick CheneyCan the Dark Knight star open a political movie like this, and does it make financial sense for Paramount to move forward given its new creative mandate?

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“Pirates of the Caribbean” Director Joachim Rønning in Talks to Helm Adaptation of Michael Crichton’s “Micro”

<> at  on March 27, 2017 in Las Vegas, United States.Amblin Entertainment is looking at Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales director Joachim Rønning to helm the upcoming adaptation of Michael Crichton novel Micro, the Tracking Board has confirmed The novel was the last from the Jurassic Park author before he died in 2008.

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“Gifted” Film Review: A Sweet and Sappy Tale of Math, Family, and More Math

gifted-excerptDirected by Marc Webb and penned by up-and-coming screenwriter Tom Flynn, Gifted tells a heartwarming and pretty story about a down-on-his-luck, ruggedly handsome single man and his spunky genius mathematician niece — but it doesn’t add up to much.

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Fox Buys Untitled Comedy Spec for Female Directing, Writing, and Producing Team

Melissa Stack ExcerptIn a mid-six-figure deal, 20th Century Fox has acquired an untitled spec from Melissa Stack, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The project will also be Stack’s directorial debut.

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