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“Meet the Movie Press”: Fox-Disney Merger, Tarantino’s “Star Trek” and Trouble In the DCEU (Video)

MTMP 12-8Our own Neil Turitz joins the guys to discuss two movies mired in controversy — 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody starring Rami Malek, and Paramount’s sci-fi film Annihilation starring Natalie Portman.

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Screen Media Films Scores Chicago Bears Documentary “85: The Greatest Team in Football History” (Exclusive)

85 BearsThe film features interviews with famous Chicagoans from all walks of life, including President Obama, Bill Murray, Michael Wilbon, Bill Kurtis, Chris Myers, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Veep star Matt Walsh, who also serves as the narrator.

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“Narcos” Director Jose Padilha to Develop Art Heist Movie “Master Thieves” for Sony

Master ThievesIt’s based on the true story of the Isabel Gardner Museum Heist in Boston, which is the single biggest property crime in the history of the United States.

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Life Finds a Way in First Trailer for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (Video)

Fallen Kingdom TrailerChris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return for this prehistoric sequel, which sees director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) take the reins from Colin Trevorrow.

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Up-And-Comer Andi Matichak Books Young Lead in New “Halloween” Movie (Exclusive)

Andi Matichak HalloweenDavid Gordon Green is directing from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride, and Blumhouse is among the producers of the film, which will star Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer.

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“Annihilation” Buzz Souring as Producers Clash Over Natalie Portman’s Sci-Fi Movie

AnnihilationFollowing a poor test screening that rankled producers Scott Rudin and David Ellison, Paramount has decided to sell international rights to Alex Garland’s new film to Netflix.

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DC Movie Universe in Turmoil as Big Changes Loom, From Batman to the Executive Suites

DC Films LogoBen Affleck isn’t long for the cape and cowl, while Zack Snyder has directed his last DC movie, and possibly his last movie ever for Warner Bros., where he still has a producing deal.

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Dexter Fletcher Hired to Direct Queen Movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” — Again

Dexter Fletcher QueenThe Eddie the Eagle filmmaker replaces Bryan Singer, who was fired earlier this week following several unexcused absences from the set and creative clashes with star Rami Malek.

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Ryan Reynolds to Play Detective Pikachu in Legendary’s Live-Action “Pokemon” Movie

Ryan Reynolds Detective PikachuRob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing the film, which will co-star Justice Smith (The Get Down) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies).

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There’s Going to Be a “Jingle Jangle” Movie On Netflix, But It’s Not What You Think

David E Talbert Jingle JangleIn this family holiday musical, a cobblestone world comes to life in this tale of an embattled toymaker, his precocious granddaughter, and a magical invention that could change their lives forever — if they can get it to work in time for the holidays.

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James Mangold, Elle Fanning Team for Patty Hearst Movie at Fox 2000

Mangold Fanning Patty HearstThe film will examine Patty’s relationship with SLA leader Cinque, aka Donald DeFreeze, and it should be another juicy role for Fanning, who will be coming off of Woody Allen’s new movie.

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“The Girl In the Spider’s Web”: “Borg/McEnroe” Star Takes Over Mikael Blomquist Role From Daniel Craig

Mikael BlomquistMoviegoers may not be too familiar with Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks, Claes Bang and Cameron Britton, but that could prove to benefit this film in the long run.

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Courtney B. Vance to Play Julia Roberts’ Husband In Drama “Ben Is Back”

Courtney B Vance Ben Is BackOscar-nominated actor Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) plays the title character in the film, which is written and directed by his father, Peter Hedges.

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Lionsgate Drops John Travolta’s Mob Drama “Gotti,” Sells Film Back to Producers (Exclusive)

Gotti MovieEmmett/Furla/Oasis Films should find there’s actual interest in this mafia movie, which offers the Oscar-nominated actor his juiciest role in years.

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Joe Greenberg’s Sci-Fi Thriller “Capsule” Attracts “Happy Death Day” Director Christopher Landon (Exclusive)

Christopher Landon CapsuleCapsule follows a lonely astronaut who is marooned on his ship billions of miles from Earth. On the verge of starvation, he reprograms the computer AI system to digitally look and sound like a beautiful woman who soon becomes his only companion — until a rescue team shows up with questionable intentions.

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“Coherence” Filmmaker James Ward Byrkit to Direct Bob Geldof Thriller “Do They Know It’s Murder” (Exclusive)

James Ward ByrkitThe film is set during the recording of the 1984 song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” as songwriter Bob Geldof discovers a dead body and must find out who killed the star without derailing the song.

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Warner Bros. Picks Up Leo Sardarian’s Action Sci-Fi Script “The Expansion Project” (Exclusive)

Brad Peyton Expansion ProjectBrad Peyton (San Andreas) is nearing a deal to direct the film, which follows a rookie female marine who gets stranded on a hostile planet during humanity’s space colonization with nothing but an Exo-suit that’s running out of fusion power.

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Fox Searchlight Picks Up Horror Script “Antlers,” Co-Written by “Channel Zero” Creator (Exclusive)

Nick Antosca AntlersWritten by Henry Chaisson and Nick Antosca, the story follows a fourth-grade teacher who tries to help a troubled boy in her class, only to discover that he’s been hiding a nightmarish secret. Now something terrifying is coming for the boy, and she has to protect him.

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Easy Come, Easy Go: Fox Lets Go of MIA “Bohemian Rhapsody” Director Bryan Singer

Bryan SingerYou don’t leave a studio in the lurch like this, let alone a movie and its entire crew. This isn’t a good look for Bryan Singer, nor does it bode well for Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury film. Oh, mama mia, indeed.

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Toby Huss, Cult Leader In “The Invitation,” Reteams With Karyn Kusama on “Destroyer”

Toby Huss DestroyerThe Los Angeles-set crime thriller stars Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan, Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell and Scoot McNairy.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” Trailer, “Justice League” Rumors, the Oscar Race (Video)

MTMP 11-17We also talk about the downtrodden box office and how it’s being reported these days, as well as the rise of blaxploitation movies, with updates of Shaft, Super Fly and Cleopatra Jones on the horizon.

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20th Century Fox’s Chelsey Summey Earns Well-Deserved Promotion to SVP of Corporate Communications

Chelsey SummeyIn her new role, Summey will oversee several aspects of the studio’s external and internal communications, including box office reporting, trade media relations and transactional announcements.

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Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali to Star in Peter Farrelly’s Road Trip Drama “Green Book”

Viggo Mortensen Mahershala Ali Green BookMortensen will play Tony Lip, an Italian-American bouncer who in 1962 was hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), one of the world’s finest jazz pianists, on a concert tour from New York City through the pre-Civil Rights era Deep South.

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“Super Fly” Reboot in the Works at Sony With Joel Silver Producing

Super FlyWatchmen scribe Alex Tse has been hired to write the script for this update of the blaxploitation classic, and while no actor has been cast yet, we have a couple ideas.

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Sundance 2018: Kristen Stewart’s Lizzie Borden Movie, Robin Williams Documentary Highlight Festival Lineup

LizzieBWhile there are plenty of new directors (47 first-time directors to be exact, including actors Paul Dano and Idris Elba), there are even more returning filmmakers, such as Sebastian Silva, Desiree Akhavan, Nicolas Pesce and the Zellner brothers.

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Netflix’s “Dark” Could Be Your New Favorite Sci-Fi Series… If You Can Get Over Your Fear of Subtitles

Dark NetflixThe German-language series has a chance to rival Stranger Things, The OA and Black Mirror for sci-fi supremacy on the streaming site, but audiences have to be willing to give it a chance first.

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Bradley Whitford Moves From “The Post” and “Get Out” to Nicole Kidman’s Thriller “Destroyer”

Bradley Whitford DestroyerScoot McNairy and Toby Kebbell have also signed on to join Tatiana Maslany and Sebastian Stan in the next film from The Invitation director Karyn Kusama.

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Spielberg’s “The Post” Scores With National Board of Review While “Get Out” Gets More Love

ThePostNBRThe group that’s been around since 1909 gave Peele the award for Best Director and gave a special Spotlight award to Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot.

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John Lasseter Takes a Leave of Absence From Disney/Pixar, But It May Not Be So Temporary

John LasseterIt’s going to be hard for Lasseter to recover from these allegations, because the fact that he essentially functions as not just a studio head, but the head of two animation studios, only compounds the severity of the situation.

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Lizzy Caplan to Play Female Lead in “Gambit” Opposite Channing Tatum’s Superhero

Lizzy Caplan GambitLea Seydoux had previously been cast as the superhero film’s female lead back when Rupert Wyatt was directing the comic book movie for 20th Century Fox.

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