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“Ready Player One” Kicks Off Easter Weekend on High Note

Ready9PlayerOneBOUpdateTyler Perry’s Acrimony looks to take second place with $7.3 million on Good Friday, while Pacific Rim: Uprising dive bombs in its second weekend.

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“Chappaquiddick”: Filmmaker John Curran Explores the History and Mystery Behind Ted Kennedy’s 1969 Scandal (Interview)

Chappaquiddickstill2Starring Jason Clarke as the Massachusetts politician, whose car went off a bridge into the bay, killing Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara) and raising questions that affected the Kennedy family.

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Kate McKinnon in Talks for Danny Boyle, Richard Curtis Musical Comedy

mckinnon-excerptPlot details are kept under wraps other than it’s a music-based comedy set in the ’60s or ’70s with Lily James and Himesh Patel already cast.

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The First Trailer for “Revenge” Proves Its Title to be Highly Accurate (Video)

RevengeTrailerRings star Melinda Lutz plays a young woman who ends up in the middle of nowhere with three men with bad intentions, who make the mistake of leaving her for dead.

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“Outside In” Filmmaker Lynn Shelton Returns to the Big Screen After Four Years of Directing TV (Interview)

OutsideInBOPThe director of Humpday, You Sister’s Sister and more has been quite successful directing shows like Fresh Off the Boat, New Girl, and Netflix series Glow and Love.

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Sissy Spacek Will Play Julia Roberts’ Mother in Amazon Series “Homecoming”

SissySpacekGettyThe Oscar-winning actor, a three-time Emmy nominee, has been having success doing shows for streaming networks following Netflix’s Bloodline and the upcoming Castle Rock series for Hulu.

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New “Westworld” Season 2 Trailer Offers a First Glimpse at a New World (Video)

WestworldSeason2TrailerThe second season of the series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy will continue to explore the android-infused fantasy worlds that originated with Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name.

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Steven Spielberg’s Nostalgic “Ready Player One” Hopes to Salvage the March Doldrums

BOPreview33018Tyler Perry’s Acrimony and God’s Not Dead: Light in the Darkness will also open over the Easter weekend, and returning movies will have a hard time competing.

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Paul Schrader’s Religious Thriller “First Reformed” Starring Ethan Hawke Gets a Stirring Trailer (Video)

FirstReformedTrailerAlso starring Amanda Seyfried and Cedric “The Entertainer” Kyles, the critically acclaimed film from the respected filmmaker stars Hawke as a disillusioned preacher.

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Hugh Jackman in Talks to Star in “Bad Education” From “Thoroughbreds” Director Cory Finley

Hugh Jackman ExcerptThe high school-set film based on the real experiences of writer Mike Makowsky (I Think We’re Alone Now) is being produced by La La Land‘s Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones from Automatik.

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Rami Malek, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Marion Cotillard Join Voice Cast for Robert Downey Jr.’s “Voyage of Doctor Dolittle”

DoctorDolittleVoiceCasting2Directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana), production for the Universal release has already begun in London with Downey joined by Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Harry Collett and Jim Broadbent.

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“Nutcracker” Writer Ashleigh Powell Adapting Melissa Albert’s “The Hazel Wood” for Columbia

AshleighPowellHazelWoodAlbert’s fantasy novel has been on the New York Times Young Adult bestsellers list for seven weeks.

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“Gemini” Filmmaker Aaron Katz Explores L.A. to Create Contemporary Noir (Interview)

LolaKirkeGemini2Winner of the John Cassavetes Award for Land Ho!, Katz’s new noir thriller stars Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle) as the personal assistant of a young starlet (Zoe Kravitz), who gets caught up in a murder mystery.

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Jack Black, Cate Blanchett Invite You into the Creepy Amblin Film “The House with a Clock In Its Walls” (Video)

HouseWithClockTrailerBased on the book by John Bellairs and illustrator Edward Gorey, the Eli Roth-directed film follows Owen Vaccaro’s Lewis into a mysterious old house that brings him into a world of witches and warlocks.

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“Kodachrome”: Jason Sudeikis, Ed Harris Go on an Awkward Road Trip in Trailer for Netflix Drama (Video)

KodachromeTrailerJason Sudeikis tries to reconnect with his photographer father (Harris) as the two go on a road trip with his assistant (Elizabeth Olsen) to develop the last of his photos shot on Kodachrome film

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Tony Nominee Liesl Tommy Directing “Born a Crime” as Trevor Noah Signs Overall Deal with Viacom

liesltommytrevornoahOscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o will produce and play Noah’s mother in the film based on the South African comedian’s book.

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British Comedian Jack Whitehall Joins Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt in Disney’s “Jungle Cruise”

jackwhitehallgettyThe creator and star of the British sitcom Bad Education and the corresponding film of the same name will play Blunt’s brother in the action-adventure film that was inspired by the theme park ride of the same name.

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Starz Orders Gregg Araki, Steven Soderbergh Comedy Series “Now Apocalypse”

ArakiSoderberghThe surreal L.A.-based coming-of-age comedy is written by author and Vice.com sex columnist Karley Sciortino, and it follows Araki directing a number of episodes of the Soderbergh-produced Red Oaks series for Amazon.

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Gina Rodriguez Attached to Star in Netflix Live-Action “Carmen Sandiego” Feature

RodriguezCarmenSandiegoRodriguez also voices the role in an animated series being produced by Netflix for release in 2019 with owner Houghton Mifflin Harcourt planning a new series of books and games to coincide.

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Zak Penn Writing “ROM” Movie for Paramount, Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures

ZakPennROMSpaceknightPenn has written a number of comic book adaptations from X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand to The Incredible Hulk and The Avengers for Marvel Studios.

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“Pacific Rim” is #1 with $28 Million, while “Black Panther” Achieves Another Milestone

PacRimBOExcerptFour other wide releases disappointed, while Wes Anderson’s animated Isle of Dogs blew up with $1.6 million in just 27 theaters.

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“Fear the Walking Dead” Season 4 Trailer Confirms “Walking Dead” Crossover

LennieJamesFeartheWalkingDeadLennie James’ Morgan heads West for the new season of the spin-off show which premieres on AMC on April 15.

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Joe Wright to Direct “The Woman in the Window” Following Oscar-Nominated “Darkest Hour”

Joe WrightComing off the Winston Churchill drama for which Gary Oldman won an Oscar, Wright will either direct this or a movie based on John Williams’ Stoner next.

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Is Netflix Going Overboard on the Amount of Content?

netflix excerptEast Coast Editor Edward Douglas opines about the fact that sometimes having too many options means you’ll never have time to watch some of the less-publicized content.

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“Pacific Rim: Uprising” Will Win What’s Looking Like a Crappy Weekend

PacRimTrailerTNThe other four new wide releases are underperforming with last week’s surprise hit I Can Only Imagine holding up well in its second weekend.

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Weekend Trailer Round-Up: “Action Point,” “Killing Eve,” “The Rain,” “I’m Dying Up Here”

TrailerRoundup32418A new film from Jackass creator Johnny Knoxville, a new spy series starring Sandra Oh and two more.

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Director X, His Cast Introduce First Teaser for Sony’s “Superfly” Remake (Video)

SuperflyTeaserStarring Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell and Michael K. Williams, the remake of the classic 1972 film will hit theaters on June 15.

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Mark Gordon, Entertainment One Developing “Street Fighter” TV Series

StreetFighterSeriesJoey Ansah, Jacqueline Quella and Mark Wooding, who made the popular live-action webseries Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist for Machisma have been retained as exec. producers on the new series.

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“The Big Sick” Director Michael Showalter Tapped for Chastain-Spencer Holiday Comedy

showalterTNMichael Showalter, fresh off his 2017 independent hit, has been tapped to direct Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer in their untitled holiday comedy for Universal.

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“Fresh Off the Boat” Showrunner Nahnatchka Khan Directing Netflix Rom-Com Starring Randall Park, Ali Wong

NahnatchkaKhanParkWongThe trio have been working on the ABC sitcom, Wong as a writer and Park as the star, with it already being renewed for a fourth season. Plans are to make the Netflix film during the summer break.

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