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Sony’s Animated “Spider-Man” Movie Swings Away From “Aquaman” Release Date

Miles Morales Animated Spider-ManIn other release date news from Sony, the studio will release Masters of the Universe on Dec. 18, 2019 — two days before Universal’s long-gestating Wicked movie and a live-action fairy tale film from Disney. No word yet on who will play He-Man, but John Cena would seem to fit the bill.

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“Jumanji” Director Joe Johnston Set to Revive “Narnia” Franchise With “The Silver Chair”

Joe Johnston Narnia The Silver ChairSure, Johnston has directed his share of stinkers, such as Jurassic Park III, The Wolfman, The Pagemaster and Hidalgo, but he also has credits on the original Star Wars trilogy, and how many working filmmakers can say that?

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An Ode to Jonathan Demme, His Perfect Film, and the Compassion of “Philadelphia”

Jonathan Demme ExcerptJonathan Demme died early Wednesday morning at the age of 73 and left behind an incredible legacy — not just with this films, but with his creativity, empathy, and social impact.

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Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm Returns for “Jurassic World” Sequel

Jeff Goldblum Jurassic World 2J.A. Bayona is directing the blockbuster for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment after the first film from director Colin Trevorrow grossed nearly $1.7 billion worldwide. Trevorrow returned to write the script with Derek Connolly, though plot details are being kept inside the raptor pen.

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Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” Unleashes Full Cast, 2018 Release Date

Wes Anderson Isle of DogsSet in Japan, the story follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his dog. The voice cast includes Anderson regulars such as Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum and Bob Balaban, as well as Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber, Greta Gerwig and none other than Yoko Ono.

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Bruce Willis Prepares to Go All “John Wick” on Jason Momoa in “Once Upon a Time in Venice” Trailer (Video)

Once Upon a Time in Venice Bruce WillisWillis plays Venice Beach P.I. Steve Ford, a detective who’s good with the ladies, bad with the punches, and wild about his dog Buddy. But when his beloved pet is stolen by local thugs, Steve makes a questionable alliance with their devious leader (Jason Momoa) and teams up with his best friend (John Goodman) to set things straight and get Buddy back where he belongs.

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Will Smith, Ang Lee in Talks to Team Up for Action-Thriller “Gemini Man” at Skydance

Will Smith Ang Lee Gemini Man SkydanceJerry Bruckheimer is producing the high-concept movie, which follows an aging assassin who finds himself battling his own clone, who is much younger, faster and stronger.

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Madonna Calls Out Hollywood on Instagram After Universal Picks Up Biopic Script “Blond Ambition”

Madonna Blond AmbitionWritten by Elyse Hollander, the script is set in the early ’80s in New York as young Madonna Louise Ciccone works on her first album, falls in love, and begins to find fame in a business that doesn’t always treat women very well.

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Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen Poised to Play Timon and Pumbaa in “The Lion King” for Disney, Director Jon Favreau

Billy Eichner Seth Rogen The Lion King DisneyTimon and Pumbaa are the lovable meerkat and warthog who introduced the Swahili phrase “Hakuna Matata” into popular culture via a particularly catchy little number from the original 1994 animated movie.

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Adam Sandler, Chris Rock to Star in Netflix Comedy “The Week Of” From Director Robert Smigel

Chris Rock Adam Sandler The Week Of NetflixSandler and Smigel co-wrote the script, which chronicles the hectic week leading up to a wedding between Sandler’s daughter and Rock’s son. Things could get interesting.

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WWE’s Vince McMahon Is Subject of TriStar Biopic “Pandemonium” From “This Is Us” Directors

Vince McMahon PandemoniumJohn Requa and Glenn Ficarra will direct from a script by Craig A. Williams, while Andrew Lazar will produce with WWE Studios president Michael Luisi and Adam Goldworm of Aperture Entertainment.

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“Star Wars: Episode IX,” “Indiana Jones 5,” “Frozen 2,” “The Lion King” Get Release Dates from Disney

Disney LogoWhat’s interesting about the release date for Episode IX is that it seems to be positioning the Star Wars franchise for a shift from December to May, as the Avatar sequels just claimed December release dates in 2020, 2021, 2024 and 2025.

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“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” Trailer Finds Matthew Vaughn Taking a Cue From Frank Sinatra and Doing It “My Way” (Video)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle TrailerThe sequel sees Taron Egerton return as Eggsy alongside Mark Strong and, yes, a one-eyed Colin Firth, who reprises his role as Harry Hart even though the character died in the original 2014 movie. That trio is joined by four Oscar-winning new cast members, Julianne Moore Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Sir Elton John, as well as Channing Tatum.

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“Avatar” Sequels Give 2024 and 2025 Their First Movie Release Dates

Avatar 2 DelayedFollowing Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, you’re going to get a three-year break from Pandora. Take a vacation! Read a book! But don’t make too many other plans, because before you know it, Avatar 4 will arrive on Dec. 20, 2024, and from there it’s only 364 days until Avatar 5 rewrites the record books on Dec. 19, 2025.

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“Hell or High Water” Reunion in the Works at Netflix as Chris Pine Agrees to Star in “Outlaw King”

Chris Pine Ben Foster Outlaw King NetflixDavid Mackenzie has cast Pine as Scottish king Robert the Bruce, who led his country to freedom from the oppressive rule of England in the early 14th century. Meanwhile, Ben Foster will play his loyal aide and chief adviser, a knight named James Douglas.

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Michael Mann, Michael De Luca Team for Vietnam War Miniseries “Hue 1968”

Michael Mann Michael De Luca Hue 1968Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden has spent the past five years working on the book, which will be published June 6. It examines the Tet Offensive, which was the turning point of American involvement in the Vietnam War, and features characters on all sides of the conflict.

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Studios to Spend Weekend Reading Hot Genre Spec “Afraid” From “Red Eye,” “Red Widow” Writers

Heat meterDescribed as The Purge meets The Bourne Identity, the story follows four criminal soldiers whose killing skills have been enhanced by horrifying experiments. When they escape to a small Wisconsin town and begin a campaign of terror, only a former Army medic, his tough high school sweetheart and a weathered local sheriff stand in the way of these brutal killers.

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“Fast and Furious” Spinoff On the Table at Universal, But What Does It Mean for Vin Diesel?

Fate of the Furious ExcerptUniversal is making moves without Diesel, who is probably upset about this given how well the new film has performed, but can you really blame the studio for wanting to shake things up?

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Denise Di Novi on Her Directorial Debut “Unforgettable,” Working with Tim Burton and the Looming Writers’ Strike

Denise Di Novi directing UnforgettableThe veteran producer talks about working with Tim Burton early in her career, WB’s commitment to diversity, the possibility of another writers’ strike and the collapse of exhibition windows.

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James Wan to Produce Alexandre Aja’s Killer Thriller “Smart House” for Lionsgate

James Wan Smart HouseBased on an original idea by Wan, Smart House follows a family in the witness protection program who are placed in the custody of a state of the art, autonomous ‘smart house.’ When a group of assassins locates the family, the house goes into lethal defense mode to protect them.

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Clint Eastwood Hops From a Plane to a Train for His Next Film “The 15:17 to Paris”

Clint Eastwood The 15:17 to ParisThe film tells the true story of three Americans who thwarted a terrorist attack on a train traveling from Brussels to Paris. The heroic trio were lauded for their bravery, and their story was covered by the international press.

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Our 10 Favorite Stoners, from the Bong Lovers of “Broad City” to Brad Pitt’s Pothead in “True Romance”

Our Favorite Stoners in Honor of 4/20We’ll be honest, this one was tough. There’s no Jay and Silent Bob, no Annie Hall, no one from Dazed and Confused, no Woody Harrelson, or even Seth Rogen! Hell, the guys from Friday didn’t even make this list, but they sure would’ve been the Honorable Mention… if we were doing one of those.

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Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon to Star in “Fahrenheit 451” Movie in the Works at HBO

Michael B Jordan Michael Shannon Fahrenheit 451 HBOOriginally published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is set in a future where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found, though intellectual curiosity gets the better of the protagonist, who begins stashing books away to see if he can learn anything from them.

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J.C. Spink, Executive Producer of “The Hangover” Trilogy, Dead at 45

J.C. SpinkHis company, Benderspink, was a behemoth in the lucrative spec market, but Spink didn’t just have an eye for broad commercial fare. He also had good taste in edgy material as evidenced by A History of Violence, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

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Amy Pascal Acquiring “Avengers”-Esque Spec “Princesses” to Produce at Sony (Exclusive)

Amy Pascal PrincessesThe script is described as being similar to Marvel’s The Avengers, but with princesses from classic fairy tales instead of superheroes. It remains a mystery as to which princesses appear in the action-adventure tale, though they’re likely iconic characters that have been popularized by Disney, but are still in the public domain.

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“Tramps” Trailer Boasts the Kind of Energy That Can Only Be Found in New York City (Video)

Tramps Adam Leon NetflixCallum Turner stars as an aspiring chef whose hustler brother asks him to complete a job for him. It all seems simple enough — meet a driver with a briefcase, proceed to a rendezvous spot and exchange one briefcase for another. But Danny swaps the wrong bag, sending him and the driver Ellie (Grace Van Patten) on a two-day odyssey through NYC.

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“Wakefield” Trailer Finds Bryan Cranston Hiding From His Family and Growing a Beard (Video)

Bryan Cranston Wakefield TrailerGiven it’s rather weird premise, it’s no surprise that Wakefield earned mixed reviews out of Telluride last fall, but at least it’s something we haven’t really seen before, and if anyone can knock this kind of role out of the park, it’s Emmy winner Cranston.

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“Nightcrawler” Reunion Set as Riz Ahmed Joins Jake Gyllenhaal in “The Sisters Brothers”

Riz Ahmed The Sisters BrothersJoaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly star in the indie film, which follows two brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters, who are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss.

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Inside Marvel Studios, from “Ragnarok” Casting News to Comic-Con and Everything Fit to Print In Between

Inside Marvel StudiosWant updates on Black Panther? Thor: Ragnarok? Captain Marvel? Ant-Man and the Wasp? Spider-Man: Homecoming? Avengers: Infinity War? We’ve got you covered…

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New “Bloodline” Teaser Arrives, But You’ll Only Have Four Days to Binge the Final Season Before “House of Cards” Hits (Video)

Bloodline NetflixKyle Chandler’s crime noir comes back on May 26, while Kevin Spacey’s political drama returns May 30, so you’d better make sure your Netflix subscription is in order next month.

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