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Hot Weekend Reads Include Specs About Charlie Chaplin’s Grave Robbers and Moms Searching for Gold

Charlie Chaplin SmileEmma Cline’s debut novel The Girls is back on the market after initially being snapped up by super-producer Scott Rudin. Set in the summer of 1969, the story follows a 14-year-old girl who joins a commune run by charismatic madman Charles Manson.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: The “Han Solo” Debacle, “Spider-Man” Universe Updates, “Transformers” Talk (Video)

MTMP 6-23The guys also weigh in on Daniel Day-Lewis’ surprising decision to retire from acting.

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Two of TV’s Best Actresses, Neve Campbell and Carrie Coon, Join Star-Studded Movies

Neve Campbell Carrie Coon Skyscraper WidowsRawson Marshall Thurber is writing and directing Legendary’s 3D action-thriller Skyscraper, while Oscar winner Steve McQueen is directing the female heist movie Widows.

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Andre Hyland’s “The 4th,” the Best Comedy of the Summer, Just Got a Trailer… and a Distributor (Video)

Andre Hyland The 4thGravitas Ventures has acquired the low-budget indie comedy, which reminded us of Kevin Smith’s Clerks when I first saw it.

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Laurence Fishburne, Richard Linklater to Reunite for “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” (Exclusive)

Laurence Fishburne Where'd You Go BernadetteCate Blanchett will star as an architect-turned-recluse who goes missing right before a family vacation, prompting her husband and teenage daughter to search for her.

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Jennifer Lopez to Star In “Second Act,” Romantic Comedy in Vein of “Maid in Manhattan” and “Working Girl”

Jennifer Lopez Second ActShe’ll play a big box store employee who reinvents her life and her lifestyle when she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree.

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James Bond Reunion? “Quantum of Solace” Star Gemma Arterton in Talks to Join Marc Forster’s “Christopher Robin” (Exclusive)

Gemma Arterton Christopher RobinIn between directing Finding Neverland and World War Z, Forster directed the second of Daniel Craig’s 007 films, which saw Arterton play Bond girl Strawberry Fields.

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Clint Eastwood Eyes Kyle Gallner, Alexander Ludwig, Jeremie Harris for “The 15:17 to Paris” (Exclusive)

Alexander Ludwig, Jeremie Harris, Kyle Gallner, Clint Eastwood MovieThe 15:17 to Paris is based on the true story of Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, three Americans who thwarted a terrorist attack on a train traveling from Brussels to Paris,

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Animated “Spider-Man” Movie Adds Mahershala Ali, “Atlanta” Star to Voice Cast (Exclusive)

Mahershala Ali Brian Tyree Henry Animated Spider-ManAs much as it sucks that Lord and Miller aren’t working on Han Solo anymore, it’s good that they have another high-profile project to focus their creative energy on.

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Lily Collins “Looks Like a Ghost” as Anorexic Teen in “To the Bone” Trailer (Video)

To the Bone TrailerMarti Noxon’s directorial debut co-stars Keanu Reeves as an unconventional doctor, and he’s joined by Carrie Preston, Lili Taylor and Liana Liberato.

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“Han Solo” Movie Loses Directors Phil Lord, Chris Miller Due to “Creative Differences”

Han Solo Cast PhotoTo say this comes as a stunning development would be an understatement. Han Solo still has three weeks of production left, so Kennedy and Co. will have to scramble to find a replacement director.

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Corey Stoll in Talks to Play Buzz Aldrin in Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” (Exclusive)

Corey Stoll Buzz Aldrin First ManThe space drama will explore the sacrifices and the cost — on Neil Armstrong and on the nation –of one of the most dangerous NASA missions in history.

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Jack Black, Eli Roth Team for “The House With a Clock In Its Walls” Movie

Jack Black Eli Roth The House With a Clock In Its WallsAmblin Entertainment is no doubt hoping for a franchise, as The House With a Clock In Its Walls is part of a 12-book series.

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Daniel Day-Lewis to Retire From Acting With Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” as His Final Film

Daniel Day-Lewis Retires From ActingHe didn’t give a reason, but be grateful for all the wonderful performances he gave us over the years. He’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime talent, and fortunately, it was our lifetime.

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“Game of Thrones” Star Oona Chaplin Joins James Cameron’s “Avatar” Sequels

Oona Chaplin AvatarShe joins returning stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver and Joel David Moore, as well as fellow franchise newcomer Cliff Curtis.

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Miles Teller Returns From War Only to Battle PTSD in First Trailer for “Thank You for Your Service” (Video)

Thank You For Your Service Trailer Miles TellerEvery major actor these days needs to have their own war movie, whether it’s the Ocean’s trio of George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, or guys like Bradley Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Wahlberg.

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New “Annabelle: Creation” Trailer Shows Off One Killer Doll (Video)

annabelle 2This time around, Annabelle targets her maker, his wife, a nun, and several girls from a shuttered orphanage. As you might imagine, trouble ensues.

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Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively in Talks to Star in Paul Feig Thriller “A Simple Favor” (Exclusive)

Anna Kendrick Paul Feig Blake Lively A Simple FavorThe film presents a scheduling conflict with Late Night, the Mindy Kaling-Emma Thompson comedy at Fox 2000, which is expected to start shooting in the fall.

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Justin Theroux, Gillian Anderson Join Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon in “The Spy Who Dumped Me” (Exclusive)

Justin Theroux Gillian AndersonSusanna Fogel is directing the Lionsgate movie, which will co-star Outlander‘s Sam Heughan and The Daily Show‘s Hasan Minhaj.

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“Godzilla” Sequel Starts Production, Gets Official Description Featuring Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah

GodzillaMichael Dougherty is an intriguing choice for this film, and the ensemble cast he has assembled is impressive. Let’s hope the story is worth their efforts.

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“Friends From College” Trailer Hints at a Breakout Hit for Netflix Amid Summer Comedy Drought (Video)

Friends From College With no Hangover-sized comedy tickling the world’s funny bone on the big screen, audiences may turn to Netflix for a few laughs.

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“Rocky,” “Karate Kid” Director John G. Avildsen Dies at 81, Made Movies Full of Hope

John G. Avildsen DiesAvildsen coaxed an Oscar-nominated performance out of Pat Morita and did a wonderful job capturing the unlikely bond between Mr. Miyagi and his young protege, Daniel LaRusso.

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YouTube Sensation Lilly Singh Joins Michael B. Jordan in HBO’s “Fahrenheit 451”

Lilly Singh Fahrenheit 451Ramin Bahrani is co-writing and directing the Ray Bradbury adaptation, which co-stars Michael Shannon and Sofia Boutella.

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Cannes Winner Diane Kruger Joins Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis Movie Based on “Marwencol”

Diane Kruger MarwencolKruger will play the Belgin Witch of Marwen in the film, which tells the moving true story of how one broken man used his artistic imagination to restore his human spirit.

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Paramount Promotes Elizabeth Raposo to President of Production Under Marc Evans

Elizabeth Raposo ParamountRaposo is well-liked throughout the industry and has developed a great reputation at Paramount, for whom she has overseen production on the Mission: Impossible and Star Trek franchises.

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Michael Brown Movie in the Works at Warner Bros. Based on Mother’s Memoir About Ferguson Shooting (Exclusive)

Michael Brown Tell the Truth and Shame the DevilBrown was just 18 years old when he was fatally shot by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson after reportedly robbing a convenience store. The incident exposed racial tensions simmering beneath the surface of the city, where protests and civil unrest quickly erupted.

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Ryan Gosling Launches Arcana Production Company, Quickly Reteams With Emma Stone on “The Favourite”

Ryan Gosling Arcana The Favourite Emma StoneThe arrangement gives Gosling access to financing and puts him on equal footing with contemporaries like Jake Gyllenhaal, whose company Nine Stories has a first-look production deal with Bold Films.

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Dakota Johnson Joins Shia LaBeouf in “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” T-Bone Burnett to Produce Soundtrack

Dakota Johnson The Peanut Butter FalconNewcomer Zachary Gottsagen will co-star, as he lives with high-functioning Down syndrome and actually serves as the inspiration for the indie film.

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Does “Rough Night” Have Any Scenes After the End Credits?

Rough NightSee, a diamond heist factors into the plot, and we’re never quite sure what becomes of the expensive gems.

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Johnny Depp Aims to Rehab His Image From Behind the Camera With IM Global Production Deal

Johnny Depp Infinitum Nihil IM GlobalInfinitum Nihil’s most acclaimed movie thus far has been Hugo, which of course, didn’t feature Depp himself. Perhaps he can do the most good by simply focusing on telling the best possible stories, even if they don’t have a natural role for him.

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