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Amber Heard Attached To Star In ‘The Kind Worth Killing’

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Exclusive: Amber Heard is attached to topline Chockstone Pictures and Nick Wechsler Productions’ crime thriller The Kind Worth Killing, with Agnieszka Holland at the helm. The pic is based on Peter Swanson’s 2015 novel, with Christopher Kyle adapting the screenplay. The HarperCollins book follows Lily, a mysterious and stunning killer who meets Ted Severson on a late-night flight from London to Boston. Ted confesses that he’s had thoughts about murdering his unfaithful… »


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Why China’s Box Office May Not Save the Film Industry After All — CinemaCon 2017

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Back in October, Dalian Wanda Group chairman Wang Jianlin had to admit that, after years of exponential growth, the China box office was slowing. The numbers proved him right: 2016’s worldwide box office of $38.6 billion rose just 1 percent, mostly because of a drop in China. While 71% of the global box office is international, it’s now North America that’s growing.

Ouch.

If those are our bragging rights, they come at a very high cost. After several years of massive, 30 percent-40 percent growth, China seemed like the answer to the nagging problem of North America’s thoroughly mature theatrical market. DVDs might be dead, theater chains aren’t growing, admissions are stagnant — but hey, China has more than 1.3 billion people! And suddenly, “Now You See Me” was a global franchise.

Now, the 2016 box office decline in China ($6.6 billion, down from $6.8 billion in 2015) may not bode well for the studios’ current »


- Anne Thompson

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Entries for the Student Academy Awards Are Now Open

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Submissions to the 2017 Student Academy Awards are now open. Aspiring filmmakers currently attending film school have until Thursday, June 1 to send in their work; all Student Academy Award winners are eligible for Oscar consideration.

Read More: 2016 Student Academy Award Winners Named: ‘Cloud Kumo,’ ‘Where the Woods End’ and More

For the first time, students at international film schools will have two options when it comes time to submit their films. Cilect-member schools can still send one movie per category, while international students are now permitted to enter work via festivals recognized by the Student Academy Awards Executive Committee. Full-time film students in the U.S. need to submit films made within their respective programs.

Read More: How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites

Past winners include the likes of Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis, among others. This year’s Student Academy Awards ceremony, »


- Michael Nordine

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Natalie Portman To Star In Rodeo Drama From ‘The Fits’ Director, Johnny Depp Goes On The Run In ‘King Of The Jungle’

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With a potential writers strike looming, studios may be looking down a slew of projects in the weeks ahead, as they to avoid any disruption to their content flow. So it means that high profile projects are getting a sharper eye, and more meetings are taking place, as no one wants to be left without something to put into production while writers and Hollywood hash out a new deal. And two very high profile projects are making the rounds.

Continue reading Natalie Portman To Star In Rodeo Drama From ‘The Fits’ Director, Johnny Depp Goes On The Run In ‘King Of The Jungle’ at The Playlist. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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6 Wild (And Early) Emmy Nomination Predictions

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April and May are to the Emmys as November and December are to the Oscars, as networks strive to premiere shows before the May 31 Emmy eligibility cutoff date, in hopes that these shows will be fresh in voters’ minds when filling out ballots.

With that in mind, it may not be too crazy to start looking at what shows could collect nominations this summer, and potentially stand as major players at the Emmys in September. So here are six of our bold predictions for this year’s Emmy’s nominations, and you can hear all of Ben and Liz’s picks in their podcast below.

Westworld” Sweeps All Technical Categories for TV Drama

While it’s still early to see whether or not HBO’s new hit series will compete for the ultimate prize of Best TV Drama, it may not be too crazy to think that “Westworld” will, at the very least, »


- Michael Gonzalez

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One-Person Crew: The Pros and Cons of Making a Documentary By Yourself

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The world of nonfiction filmmaking continues to evolve along with its increasingly affordable, professional, and portable equipment. It’s inspired more directors take on the challenging task of shooting a film by themselves — essentially, operating sound and camera while directing.

“I was still a student at Nyu when I started to shoot ‘Hooligan Sparrow,'” said Nanfu Wang about her Oscar-shortlist documentary about a Chinese activist fighting for women’s rights. “I couldn’t afford hiring anyone; the thought didn’t even occur to me. I checked out some equipment from the school and went back to China by myself.”

For a new generation of filmmakers, this freedom also shapes the subjects and type of films they make. In the case of “Hooligan Sparrow,” Wang became part of a small group of activists traveling the country while evading Chinese authorities. The film has an intimacy as the viewer, like Wang, »


- Chris O'Falt

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‘Too Old to Die Young’: Miles Teller to Star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Amazon Series

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Nicolas Winding Refn has so many projects in one stage or development or another that it can be difficult to glean a sense of which might actually see the light of day first. It now appears that his TV series “Too Old to Die Young” is moving to the front of the line, as “Whiplash” star Miles Teller has just been cast in the upcoming Amazon show.

Read More: Nicolas Winding Refn to Develop Crime Series ‘Too Old To Die Young’ For Amazon

Teller, who’s also appeared in “Divergent,” “Fantastic Four” and an unflattering Esquire cover story, is set to play a grieving Los Angeles police officer navigating an underworld filled with contract assassins representing the Yakuza, Mexican cartels, Russian mob and roving adolescents, among others. The series will follow “killers’ existential journeys in becoming samurai,” because this is Nicolas Winding Refn we’re talking about here and what »


- Michael Nordine

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Miles Teller To Lead Nicolas Winding Refn’s Amazon Series ‘Too Old To Die Young’

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Working class hit men, Yakuza soldiers, Mexican cartel assassins, Russia mafia captains and gangs of teen killers — yep, sounds like the ingredients of a project by Nicolas Winding Refn. The auteur is bringing all of that and more to his new Amazon series, “Too Old To Die Young.”

Miles Teller has been tapped to lead the show, where he’ll play a grieving police officer, mourning the death of his partner, who buddies up with the man who killed his friend, and dives into the L.A.

Continue reading Miles Teller To Lead Nicolas Winding Refn’s Amazon Series ‘Too Old To Die Young’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Val Kilmer Really Likes Cate Blanchett and Doesn’t Care Who Knows It

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If you only know Val Kilmer from his movies, you don’t really know Val Kilmer. The actor, who’s played everyone from Batman to Mark Twain onscreen and onstage, has what some might describe as an eccentric streak that most recently manifested in a series of tweets about Cate Blanchett over the weekend. The two appeared in Ron Howard’s “The Missing” and, more recently, Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song”; their time together appears to have left quite an impression on him.

Read More: Val Kilmer’s Idea For A ‘Heat’ Sequel Involves Marrying Natalie Portman

“Once I flew all the way to Australia just to talk to Cate Blanchett,” Kilmer says in the first tweet, which is accompanied by a close-up photo of part of his face. “Her husband met me first. Or, instead, I guess, to be accurate.” He then introduces a hashtag and takes on »


- Michael Nordine

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Writers Guild Negotiations: If Talk Shows Go Dark, Donald Trump Could Be The Biggest Winner in a Strike

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It’s a growing concern that probably hasn’t gone unnoticed by the hard-working staffs of TV’s late-night shows: A Writers Guild strike would silence their shows, right when they’re providing some of the sharpest analysis and critiques of the Donald Trump administration.

The threat of a strike inched closer to reality Friday, as talks between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers stalled, and members of the WGA’s negotiating committee sent a letter to members asking for a strike authorization vote.

Read More: Writers’ Guild Negotiations Stall, as Leaders Call for Strike Authorization Vote

Like the last work stoppage in 2007, a strike would likely hit the business hard — particularly in an era of so much new media disruption. But for liberal-leaning Hollywood, here’s another unfortunate truth: Should a strike be called, the earliest — and perhaps only — winner in all of this could be Trump. »


- Michael Schneider

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Hans Zimmer Reteams With ‘Planet Earth II’ Co-Composers for ‘Blue Planet II’ Score

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On the heels of “Planet Earth II” airing its finale on BBC America, the network announced that the musical team behind its breathtaking score will be back for “Blue Planet II.”

The legendary Oscar winner Hans Zimmer had put his talents to work for the first time in the natural history genre by composing the theme for “Planet Earth II,” while Bleeding Fingers’ co-composers Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe tackled the stirring score. For their new venture, the team will score the seven-part series that takes place in each of the world’s oceans.

Read More: ‘Planet Earth II’ Soundtrack: Listen to Hans Zimmer’s Breathtaking Score

“It’s an incredible opportunity and privilege to be working again with the BBC’s Natural History Unit on such a globally important project,” Zimmer said in a statement. “It’s a joy to compose to such beautiful, powerful and inspiring picture. Once more »


- Hanh Nguyen

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First Look: Dan Stevens As Charles Dickens In ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’

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Dan Stevens broke out in old timey fare, playing Matthew Crawley on “Downton Abbey.” Ever since he left the hit show, he’s tried a variety of genres, finding considerable success, but now he’s back Merry Olde England, but now playing famous author Charles Dickens.

The Man Who Invented Christmas” will detail how the author wrote the classic “A Christmas Carol,” and Stevens was charmed by the material.

Continue reading First Look: Dan Stevens As Charles Dickens In ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Binge-Watching Millennial TV Viewers Average 6 TV Episodes Per Sitting

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It is not remotely breaking news that the addictive method of marathon “binge watching” television has been on the rise alongside the growing popularity of streaming and VOD, and the influence of streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Now the proof is in the statistical pudding: devouring multiple TV episodes in one sitting has increasingly become the way young viewers experience television.

According to Deloitte’s annual “Digital Democracy Survey,” binge-watching TV is the most popular method of watching TV among young people – which should surprise absolutely no one.

Continue reading Binge-Watching Millennial TV Viewers Average 6 TV Episodes Per Sitting at The Playlist. »

- Elizabeth MacLeod

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Bryan Cranston Visits the Set of ‘Better Call Saul,’ Jokes That He’s Playing a ‘Geriatric Patient’

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Bryan Cranston will Not be in this season of ‘Better Call Saul!” warns a new behind-the-scenes look at the “Breaking Bad” spinoff’s upcoming third season. That’s unlikely to stop speculation that the former Walter White will do just that, however, as Cranston makes a stop on the show’s set in the same video and insists he’s “here to play a geriatric patient” as series creator Vince Gilligan laughs on. (“No he’s not!” insists onscreen text.) .

Read More: “Bryan Cranston will Not be in this season of ‘Better Call Saul!”

“I’m back here in Albuquerque and I’m on here on a book tour,” explains the multiple Emmy winner of his appearance. “I wanted to come in early to Albuquerque so I could visit the set and just say hello to friends and family. All the cast is changed, but the sensibility is the same »


- Michael Nordine

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‘American Horror Story’: Sarah Paulson Reveals Which Characters She’d Resurrect — Paleyfest 2017

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During the final night of PaleyFest La, the always intense “American Horror Story” fanbase zeroed in on fan favorite Sarah Paulson, to the point that Kathy Bates took great pleasure in dubbing Paulson “the People’s Princess.” It was all in good fun, though, as the cast goofily bantered back and forth — and, in the case of Cuba Gooding Jr., twerked.

Read More: ‘American Horror Story’ Renewed for Two More Seasons at FX

Unfortunately, executive producers Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear spent the night relatively secretive about the upcoming Season 7 of American Horror Story — all we know, so far, is that Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will definitely be returning as leads, and that the season would have something to do with the 2016 election. Falchuk did say, though, that any fan of the series should “set your TiVo.” ‘

The cast was still happy to share details from this past season, »


- Maya Reddy

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Contest: Win Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ On Blu-ray Combo Pack

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Faith has always played a strong role in the cinema of Martin Scorsese, but never has he tackled it with such vigor as he does in “Silence.” And today we want some lucky readers to enter for their chance to take home this powerful drama on Blu-ray combo pack.

Starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson, the film tells the story of two Christian missionaries who travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor at a time when Christianity was outlawed.  

Continue reading Contest: Win Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ On Blu-ray Combo Pack at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘True Detective’ Season 3 Might Happen After All — and David Milch Is Helping

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True Detective” might not be done after all. Nearly two years after concluding its second season, which was received much less favorably than its first, HBO’s anthology series is showing signs of life. Entertainment Weekly reports that creator Nic Pizzolatto has written at least two episodes for a potential third season; even more exciting, David Milch — late of “Deadwood” and “NYPD Blue” — is going to be working with him.

Read More: Matthew McConaughey Says He ‘Wouldn’t Hesitate’ to Return to ‘True Detective’ Season 3

Much remains up in the air, however. “True Detective” has yet to receive the greenlight for a third season, and Milch isn’t expected to be showrunner for this next go-round — his collaboration with Pizzolato will largely entail writing together. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson starred in the first season, while Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch headlined the second (which, real talk, »


- Michael Nordine

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5 Would-Be Blockbusters That Deserve to Outgross ‘Justice League’ This Year — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

2017 is just getting started, but we’ve already seen an unusually wide variety of hit movies that ranges from corporate behemoths (“Beauty and the Beast”) to culture-shaking phenomenons (“Get Out”). Some of these blockbusters have been safe (it’s hard to imagine that something like “Justice League” won’t make actual buckets of money when it hits later this year), or even cynical (who knew that “Split” could upend the box office so early, and kinda stay there?), while others have pushed the needle forward and inspired the type of fervid conversation that’s usually reserved for television.

Looking at the list of major movies that are »


- David Ehrlich

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‘True Detective’ Season 3 In The Works, ‘Deadwood’ Creator David Milch Joins Writing Team

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Few shows have seen their fortunes turned so quickly the way HBO‘s “True Detective” has. The first season was a phenomenon, audience favorite, and critical darling, and it crowned creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto a hot new talent with an exciting new voice. Then came season two which was brutally received by critics, and saw all of Pizzolatto’s trademarks for hardboiled dialogue, philosophical musings, and pulpy backdrops turned almost into self-parody.

Continue reading ‘True Detective’ Season 3 In The Works, ‘Deadwood’ Creator David Milch Joins Writing Team at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Paul Greengrass Goes Gangster With ‘Ness’

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For years, Paramount Pictures has been trying to figure out their way into a movie about gangbuster Elliot Ness. Many moons again, they tried to get an adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko‘s graphic novel “Torso” in front of cameras, first with David Fincher, and then with David Lowery, but neither incarnation made it.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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