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“The Dark Tower” Review: Stephen King Movie Is a CGI-Fueled Disaster About the Wrong Character

The Dark Tower Review“I don’t want to beat up on a young actor. They are at the mercy of the director. But Tom Taylor is the wrong person to carry this film, plain and simple. Whatever charisma the kid has is not served by this role, and vice versa,” writes a clearly disappointed Drew McWeeny

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Chiwetel Ejiofor in Talks to Voice Scar in Disney’s Live-Action “Lion King” Remake

Chiwetel Ejiofor Lion KingThere’s still no word on the voices of Rafiki or Nala, though Beyoncé is still believed to be Disney’s top choice for the latter character.

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“Fresh Off the Boat” Creator Nahnatchka Khan to Direct “Babe Walker” for Lionsgate (Exclusive)

Nahnatchka Khan Danielle Macdonald Babe WalkerDanielle Macdonald is incredible in Patti Cake$, and it’s very smart of Lionsgate and producer Elizabeth Banks to jump into business with her as her breakout film prepares to hit theaters.

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Broad Green Lets Go of 50 Projects, Lays Off 15 People as Indie Distributor Revamps Following Flops

Broad Green HammondsThe Hammond brothers have made mistakes, but unlike Relativity, those mistakes are only coming back to haunt them, rather than outside investors, since they built Broad Green with their own money and will keep it going as long as their blockbuster bank accounts can sustain the strain.

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The Weinstein Company’s Struggles Continue, But Is There a Way Out?

the weinstein coExactly a year ago, when we took a look at The Weinstein Company during this Studio Series, we talked about the fact that the company was in the midst of a terrible year, and was strapped for cash. Three hundred and sixty-five days later, little has changed.

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THE LAST TYCOON Review: Episodes 4-6

the last tycoon excerptSeason 1, Episodes 4-6 – The middle episodes of The Last Tycoon are uneven, but contain a number of affecting small moments that make the show work despite its flaws.

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Eminem Revealed as Producer on Joseph Kahn’s Rap Battle Movie “Bodied” as Trailer Drops Ahead of TIFF (Video)

Eminem BodiedBodied follows a graduate student who is writing his thesis on battle-rap culture and gradually becomes embroiled in that world. The script explores race relations, as evidenced by this potentially NSFW trailer.

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Disney, Lucasfilm Order New Draft of “Star Wars: Episode IX” Script From “Wonder” Scribe Jack Thorne

Jack Thorne Star Wars Episode 9Director Colin Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly penned the most recent draft of the script. which despite rumors, is not believed to have been based on a treatment written by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.

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“American Gods” Star Ian McShane Joins “Hellboy” Reboot Starring David Harbour

IanNeil Marshall will direct the adaptation of Mike Mignola’s comic book Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, and given his history of creating hauntingly beautiful imagery, I think he’s a great choice to update the property.

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Maika Monroe Joining Neil Jordan’s “The Widow”

maikamonroeexceptThe star of It Follows and Independence Day: Resurgence will be joining Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert in the thriller about an unlikely friendship that turns dangerous.

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Queer Black Debater Ryan Wash Subject of Untitled Biopic From Annapurna, Plan B and Macro

RyanDaniel Barnz (Cake) has been tapped to direct the currently untitled project, which Wash will co-write and executive produce.

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Why Arnold Schwarzenegger Still Endures at Age 70

Arnold Schwarzenegger Turns 70“Arnie always found a way to transcend his often mindless material, which made us appreciate and adore him that much more. So while snobby movie critics rolled their eyes at his corny catchphrases as the ’80s came to an end, for us Arnold fans, each film felt like you were catching up with an old friend,” writes John Steven Rocha.

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The “Call Me By Your Name” Trailer Will Have You Oscar Buzzing, Too!

callmebyyournametrailerxcerptLuca Guadagnino’s period drama was at the center of much buzz out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival with Armie Hammer getting much of the acclaim for his performance. It will open on November 24 after playing a number of fall festivals.

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Toronto Film Festival Announces Midnight Madness, Docs and Shorts

disasterartistexcerptMidnight Madness program includes James Franco’s The Disaster Artist and new films from France, the UK and Japan. Morgan Spurlock’s doc Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! will also World Premiere. The Canadian film festival kicks off on September 7.

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Big Budgets, Television, and the New Indie Paradigm

valerian excerptIn a landscape where big names rule what was once a way to “break in”, Neil Turitz ponders what it means to be an independent film these days.

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Paradigm, Bellevue Out With “Father-Daughter Day,” an Action-Comedy Spec In the Vein of “True Lies”

True LiesWritten by newcomer Josh Hallman, the script follows an uptight father who discovers his reckless daughter is a secret agent. The two find themselves forced to work together as they try to save the world — and their turbulent relationship.

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WWE Superstar John Cena to Join “Transformers” Prequel “Bumblebee”

cenaexcerptThe busy WWE wrestler continues his foray into acting with a key role in Paramount and Hasbro Pictures’ Transformers prequel, starring Hailee Steinfeld, which will now be released December 21, 2018.

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Skydance Media Hires Directors for First Two Animated Projects

skydanceanimatorssmFour months after announcing an animated division, Skydance Media has attached Shrek director to the movie Split and Kung Fu Panda 3 co-director Alessandro Carloni to Luck.

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Jennifer Lawrence Leads an Ominous Tease for “Mother!” (VIDEO)

mother teaser excerptDarren Aronofsky’s Mother! has released its first teaser, featuring Jennifer Lawrence wandering through a large house as tension builds in voice over. “You’re insane!” and “Murderer!” Lawrence cries out off screen as we watch her search the home while Michelle Pfeiffer adds, “God help you.”

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Film and Theater Legend Sam Shepard Dies at 73

samshepardexcerptThe legendary actor, playwright and director was well respected by his peers. Not only did he win a Pulitzer for his play Buried Child, but he received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations as an actor.

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Jaume Collet-Serra Passes on “Suicide Squad 2” to Direct Dwayne Johnson’s “Jungle Cruise”

Jaume Collet-Serra Waco AnnapurnaThe in-demand Spanish filmmaker directed many hit movies for Warner Bros. but now he’s heading to Disney to direct a film based on its theme park attraction.

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Toronto Film Festival Sets Shia LaBeouf’s “Borg/McEnroe” As Opening Night Gala

bornmcenroeexcerptThe 42nd annual film festival adds the second movie about a tennis rivalry with Shia LaBeouf playing John McEnroe, one of the most notorious players in the sport. It’s the narrative feature debut by director Janus Metz.

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“Dog Eat Dog” Scribe Matthew Wilder to Adapt “Auto-da-Fé” for David Hillary’s Deviant Films (Exclusive)

Matthew Wilder Elias Canetti Auto-da-FeThe story follows a reclusive academic who lives in a world of books and ideas. When he marries his illiterate housekeeper, it is believed he is taking advantage of her, but her own secret power tilts their relationship in strange and unexpected directions.

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The Must-Stream Movies and Shows Coming to Netflix in August

unnamedHeading into the second half of the summer, Netflix is set to release some classics alongside their original projects that many have been waiting anxiously for.

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Critics May Disagree, But Tom Rothman Is Leading a Strong Charge in Sony’s Franchise Hunt

sony excerptThe master plan Rothman has put in motion to set Sony up for future success might not be working so well at the moment, but the strategy behind it is sound, explains Neil Turitz.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Comic-Con Recap, Jared Leto as Bloodshot and “James Bond 25” (Video)

comic conTheWrap’s ace scooper Umberto “El Mayimbe” Gonzalez joins Simon Thompson and I to talk about the Marvel and DC panels, as well the Ready Player One trailer and the Spawn news.

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Venice Film Festival Lineup Includes Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman Documentary

Jim Carrey Andy KaufmanOther titles that stand out include Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete starring young Charlie Plummer; Paul Schrader’s First Reformed starring Ethan Hawke, and S. Craig Zahler’s Brawl in Cell Block 99 starring Vince Vaughn.

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Woody Harrelson is Leader of the Free World in “LBJ” Trailer ( Video)

LBJWoody Harrelson is almost unrecognizable as Lyndon Johnson in the upcoming feature LBJ. The film will follow Johnson through his political journey, and how his life changed when being rushed into presidency.

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Nick Offerman to Headline Indie Film “Hearts Beat Loud”

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The music-driven indie film Hearts Beat Loud, has found its lead in Nick Offerman. The Parks and Rec alum will be reuniting with Brett Haley, reuniting the pair after working together on The Hero. Kiersey Clemons co-stars as Offerman’s daughter in the film.

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Are We as Inclusive As We Believe We Are in Fan Culture?

Rocha Column“Certain casting decisions will always be met with derision, but racist and misogynistic banter should be unacceptable, same as bullying actors and creators on social media or in person at panels,” writes John Steven Rocha.

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