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Will Kevin Hart Give “Wonder Woman” a Run for Her Money With “Captain Underpants”? (Video)

Captain Underpants TrailerBased on the bestselling book series by Dav Pilkey, the animated film follows two mischievous kids who hypnotize their mean elementary school principal and turn him into their comic book creation — a kind-hearted but incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

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“Fargo” Season 3 Trailer Begs You to Keep an Eye on Shifty Scoot McNairy (Video)

Ewan McGregor Fargo Season 3Set in 2010, this season stars Ewan McGregor in dual roles as brothers Ray and Emmitt Stussy, whom life treats very differently, and not just in terms of the siblings’ hairlines.

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Adam Wingard’s “Death Note” Drops an Awesome First Trailer, But the Shinigami Stays in the Shadows For Now (Video)

Death Note NetflixNat Wolff stars as a high school student who stumbles upon a supernatural notebook that gives him the ability to kill just by writing someone’s name in it while picturing their face. Drunk on his new godlike power, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

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Evan Rachel Wood Casts Jenny Slate, Alison Pill, Cynthia Erivo in Her Mysterious Directorial Debut (Updated)

Evan Rachel Wood Directorial DebutThe Westworld star has worked with A-list directors such as Darren Aronofsky, Woody Allen, Robert Redford and George Clooney, so it’s safe to assume she gained vital knowledge about filmmaking from them and is well prepared to step behind the camera herself.

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Jesse Metcalfe, Pete Wentz Join Sylvester Stallone in “Escape Plan 2”

Jesse Metcalfe Pete Wentz Escape Plan 2Steven C. Miller is directing the action-packed sequel, which stars Sylvester Stallone, Jaime King, Dave Bautista, Wes Chatham and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: Isabella Amara on Her Breakout Role in “Wilson,” Woody Harrelson’s College Advice and the Magic of Sundance

Isabella Amara WilsonThe 18-year-old actress tells the Tracking Board about the film’s audition process, her magical experience at Sundance and whether college is in her plans during this very exciting time in her life.

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Mirzai Brothers to Make Directorial Debut With Interactive Pilot “The Fam-Bam” for Eko, Virgin Produced

Mirzai BrothersThe Fam-Bam is a comedy series centered on a dysfunctional family who fall victim to a curse that leads to a musical-chairs style body swap where everyone becomes someone else and back again. The curse can only be broken once the family learns to put aside their differences and understand each other.

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Penelope Cruz to Play Donatella Versace in Ryan Murphy’s FX Series “Versace: American Crime Story”

Penelope Cruz Donatella VersaceCoincidentally, Cruz was once poised to star in another project about a slain fashion icon, as she was in line to play Maurizio Gucci’s ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani in the Ridley Scott-produced movie Gucci.

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Annapurna TV Developing Raunchy Animated Series “Amberville” About Bad Ass Stuffed Animals

Amberville AnnapurnaAmberville is a darkly comedic animated crime show set in a city populated by living, breathing stuffed animals. The story concerns a reformed Teddy Bear who is pulled back into the criminal underworld when his former boss enlists him for an impossible new job.

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Robert Downey Jr. to Star in “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle,” Protecting Us From Johnny Depp

robert-downey-jr-excerptStephen Gaghan (Syriana) will direct from his own screenplay, based on an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd. The script will draw heavily from the 1920s series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting.

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Wyatt Russell, “Fences” Breakout Jovan Adepo to Star in Bad Robot’s D-Day Movie “Overlord”

Wyatt Russell Jovan Adepo OverlordSet on the eve of D-Day, Overlord follows a group of American paratroopers who are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion’s success. But as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation.

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“Transformers” Producer Ian Bryce to Tackle War Drama “That Others May Live” for Paramount

Ian Bryce That Others May LiveThe story is based on the life of U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant August O’Niell, who was injured in the line of duty while fighting in Afghanistan in 2011, but was so eager to return to service that he opted to amputate his left leg above the knee in order to improve his chances of recovery.

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Could Bleecker Street Work Its Oscar Magic Again and Get Kate Mara a Nomination for “Megan Leavey”? (Video)

Megan Leavey Kate Mara Bleecker StreetThe New York-based distributor helped Bryan Cranston and Viggo Mortensen earn Oscar nominations for Trumbo and Captain Fantastic. Could Mara be next?

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Universal to Explore Obama’s White House Through Stenographer’s Eyes in “From the Corner of the Oval”

Obama White House From the Corner of the OvalWritten by Beck Dorey-Stein, the book follows a young woman living in Washington D.C. who is at an all-time career low when, through a twist of fate, she goes from serving cocktails to lobbyists to being hired as a stenographer in Obama’s White House.

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Kate McKinnon Will Graduate From Scene-Stealer to Leading Lady with Action Comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me”

Kate McKinnon Mila KunisMila Kunis is in talks to co-star in the Lionsgate movie, which Susanna Fogel will direct from a script she’s co-writing with David Iserson.

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Dan Trachtenberg to Direct Hot Spec “Space Race” for Universal Following Success of “10 Cloverfield Lane”

Dan Trachtenberg Space RacePlot details of Daniel Kunka’s script are being kept in a black hole on the Universal lot, but it’s expected to be a high-concept tentpole in the vein of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Universal already has a relationship with Trachtenberg and Kunka, who are developing Crime of the Century for the studio and producer Chris Morgan.

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“Logan” Director James Mangold Plans Return to His “Copland” Roots With Don Winslow’s “The Force”

James Mangold The ForceThe story follows a corrupt NYPD cop who is forced to choose between his family, his brothers in blue, and his own life, which finds itself threatened by an assortment of unsavory types ranging from Harlem drug dealers and the mob to the mayor’s office and relentless federal investigators.

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“Aquaman,” “Venom” Get New Release Dates as Sony, Warner Bros. Go at It

Venom AquamanSony’s Animated Spider-Man movie will do box office battle with WB’s Aquaman in December 2018 — for now.

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Tom Hardy to Play Navy SEAL in “War Party” as Netflix Wins Bidding War

Tom Hardy War Party NetflixRidley Scott will produce under his Scott Free banner. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it’s said to be based on a true story about real Navy SEALs, since life rights were rumored to be part of the deal.

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Justin Lin Says Nope to Dopey Tentpoles, Will Direct Gritty Drama “The Stand Off” for Netflix

Justin Lin The Stand OffSet in December 1969, the film follows a newly-formed police unit known as the “SWAT team” as they embark on their first major operation — raiding the Los Angeles headquarters of the Black Panther party.

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Oprah Winfrey Trusts Rose Byrne to Tell Her Family’s Story in Trailer for HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (Video)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks HBO Oprah WinfreyWritten and directed by George C. Wolfe, the telepic boasts an impressive supporting cast that includes Courtney B. Vance, Reg E. Cathey, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Melvin Van Peebles.

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Jennifer Aniston to Star in Music-Driven Comedy “Dumplin’,” Which Is No Longer at Disney

Jennifer Aniston DumplinAnne Fletcher will direct the film, which follows a plus-sized teen who decides to enter a local beauty pageant as a form of protest, but winds up inspiring a rag-tag group of contestants to join her.

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John Krasinski, Emily Blunt to Star in “A Quiet Place,” Which He’ll Also Direct for Paramount

John Krasinski Emily Blunt A Quiet PlaceMichael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes will produce the film, which comes on the heels of Krasinski’s starring turn in Bay’s Paramount pic 13 Hours.

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Marvel’s “Legion,” Judd Apatow’s “Crashing” Renewed by FX, HBO

Legion Crashing Renewal FX HBODan Stevens has been making a name for himself with his turn as superhero David Haller on Legion, while Pete Holmes has been hilarious on Crashing.

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“The Matrix” Rebooted: Give Us the Blue Pill to Cure This Déjà Vu

The Matrix RebootedIt’s unclear whether Warner Bros. is hiring Zak Penn to write a treatment or opening a writers room, but the studio wants Michael B. Jordan to star. Sorry, Keanu!

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A24 Mounting Feature Adaptation of Pippa Bianco’s Award-Winning Short Film “Share” (Exclusive)

Share Pippa BiancoThe 2015 short film starred Taissa Farmiga as a girl who returns to school after an explicit video of her is uploaded and shared on the internet without her consent.

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“Sleight” Director J.D. Dillard to Remake “The Fly” for 20th Century Fox

The FlyDillard is a former Bad Robot staffer whose directorial debut Sleight was acquired by Blumhouse and WWE Studios out of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The film will hit theaters on April 28.

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John Carroll Lynch Joins Paul Giamatti in Netflix Drama “Private Life” (Exclusive)

John Carroll Lynch Private LifeThe veteran character actor is coming off a banner year, and just saw his directorial debut Lucky premiere at SXSW to strong reviews.

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Netflix and Producer Scott Stuber Officially Tie the Knot, Signaling Big Things to Come

Scott Stuber NetflixThe streaming service has a busy year ahead as it prepares to release Brad Pitt’s War Machine, Will Smith’s Bright and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Okja.

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“Godzilla Vs. Kong” Probably Doesn’t Need a Writers Room, But Now It Has One Anyway

Godzilla vs. Kong 200Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean) will lead the team, which includes Patrick McKay, J.D. Payne, Lindsey Beer, T.S. Nowlin, J. Michael Straczynski and Cat Vasko.

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