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Official Title For Han Solo Spinoff Revealed

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Filming has wrapped on the fraught production of Lucasfilm‘s Han Solo spinoff movie, which saw Phil Lord and Chris Miller packing up their things and leave during shooting. Ron Howard came in, bringing a veteran, reassuring hand behind the camera, and a pleasant and engaging social media presence. Now, he’s heading into post-production with one more message.

The director hit Twitter today and revealed the official title of the movie, which is the fairly bland, “Solo: A Star Wars Story“:

Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here's a special message #StarWars pic.twitter.com/8QJqN5BGxr

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017

It’s simple, effective, dull, and certain to start many memes (or as safesolvent suggested “Yolo: A Star Wars Story,” amirite?).

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Hilary Swank to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘I Am Mother’ (Exclusive)

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Hilary Swank is starring in the science-fiction thriller “I Am Mother,” which has started shooting at South Australia’s Adelaide Studios, Variety has learned exclusively.

Swank, who won best actress Academy Awards for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Boys Don’t Cry,” is joining Clara Rugaard in a unique mother-daughter story.

Rugaard portrays the first of a new generation of humans raised by “Mother” – a kindly robot designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of mankind. But their unique bond is threatened when a blood-drenched woman (played by Swank) inexplicably arrives, calling into question everything she’s been told about the outside world.

I Am Mother” is based on an original concept by director Grant Sputore and writer Michael Lloyd Green. The screenplay was on the 2016 Black List.

I Am Mother” is Sputore’s feature debut. The special effects team at Weta Workshop (“Avatar,” “The Lord of The Rings”) has created the titular robot.

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Harmony Korine Wants To Present ‘The Beach Bum’ In Odorama

16 October 2017 10:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Originally planned to start shooting in July, cameras are still waiting to get rolling on Harmony Korine‘s next film, “The Beach Bum.” The project has Matthew McConaughey lined up to star in the stoner comedy that will follow the misadventures of the rebellious and lovable rogue Moondog. Previously, the director has described the movie as  “a cross between a Cheech and Chong movie and that movie ‘Scarecrow,’ ” but it looks like he has one more element up his sleeve to make it truly special.

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‘The Sinner’ Ep Antonio Campos Tapped To Write & Direct ‘Splitfoot’ Horror Film Based On New Yorker Article

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Exclusive: Antonio Campos (Afterschool) has signed on to rewrite and direct the upcoming horror film, Splitfoot (fka Voices Through the Trumpet), based on a 1936 article in The New Yorker about the first documented haunted house, written by journalist and bestselling author Carl Carmer. It follows the true story of a deeply damaged New Yorker reporter who, in the 1930s, travels upstate to the remote town of Lilydale, NY, the mecca of American spirituality, a place where a… »


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Cher Joins ‘Mamma Mia!’ Sequel ‘Here We Go Again’

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Cher has joined Universal’s “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!” The multi-hyphenate hinted at her appearance in the movie over the weekend in a tweet and Variety has confirmed that she has been cast in the film.

pic.twitter.com/CMqHKnLeAO

Cher (@cher) October 15, 2017

Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski are returning, with Ol Parker writing and directing. The film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present. Lily James will play the role of Young Donna. Young versions of Rosie and Tanya will be portrayed by Alexa Davies and Jessica Keenan Wynn, respectively. Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine, while Young Bill is Josh Dylan and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner.

The movie began shooting in September in the U.K. and Croatia. Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman, who produced the original, »


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‘Veep’ Actor Reid Scott in Talks to Join Tom Hardy’s ‘Venom’ (Exclusive)

16 October 2017 11:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Reid Scott is in talks to join the cast of Sony’s “Spider-Man” spinoff “Venom” starring Tom Hardy.

Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, and Jenny Slate are also on board, with Ruben Fleischer directing. Sony had no comment on the casting.

Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”), Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”), and Kelly Marcel will write the script for “Venom.” Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing the movie, along with Amy Pascal. Palak Patel and Eric Fineman are overseeing the project for Columbia Pictures.

The studio has made it clear that Spider-Man will not be in these standalone films, but has left the door open for Venom to possibly appear in other “Spider-Man”-related movies. “Venom” hits theaters on Oct. 5, 2018.

Since its inception in 1988, the alien symbiote Venom has been one of “Spider-Man’s” most popular characters, making the film a top priority for Sony. The villain made his first big-screen appearance in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3,” where »


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Nora Johnson, Writer of ‘The World of Henry Orient,’ Dies at 84

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Nora Johnson, who wrote the screenplay for “The World of Henry Orient” with her father, writer-director Nunnally Johnson, died Oct. 5 in Dallas. She was 84.

Her daughter, Marion Siwek, said she died of natural causes.

Johnson based the story on her novel about two schoolgirls who have a crush on a concert pianist, informed by her experiences at private school in New York. Peter Sellers played the pianist; the film also starred Angela Lansbury and Paula Prentiss. It also became a Broadway musical, “Henry, Sweet Henry.”

Her memoirs about her father and growing up in show business included “Flashback,” “You Can Go Home Again” and “Coast to Coast,” a memoir of her childhood shuttling between her journalist mother in New York and her Hollywood-based father. Nunnally Johnson was the writer and director of films including “The Three Faces of Eve” and “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” and screenwriter of “The Dirty Dozen.”

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Luca Guadagnino Planning ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Sequel For 2020

16 October 2017 10:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy is famous for checking in on the relationship between Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) every 9 years, and Elio and Oliver from “Call Me By Your Name” will operate similarly on the big screen if Luca Guadagnino has his way. ScreenDaily reports that the Italian filmmaker is planning a sequel to his Sundance darling in which the movie will pick up with the characters three years later. Similar to the “Before” trilogy, actors Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer will match the ages of their characters.

“I want to do a sequel because Timothée ChalametArmie HammerMichael StuhlbargAmira Casar, Esther Garrel – they are all gems,” Guadagnino said during the BFI London Film Festival. “The texture we built together is very consistent. We created a place in which you believe in the world before them. They are young but they are growing up. »


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Guillermo del Toro Is Making a Documentary About Michael Mann, Which We Hope Will Be Called ‘Mann’s Labyrinth’

16 October 2017 10:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While presenting the new director’s cut of “Heat” at the Lumière Film Festival, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux made an announcement sure to please cinephiles: Guillermo del Toro is making a documentary about Michael Mann. That’s enough to make films about well-known auteurs a trend, what with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s “De Palma” and Susan Lacy’s “Spielberg.”

No other information is available as of yet, though the news is in keeping with del Toro’s habit of pursuing as many different movies as possible. (His list of unrealized projects is longer than his actual filmography, with everything from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “The Hobbit” to “At the Mountains of Madness” and “Silent Hills” leaving fans to wonder “what if?” forever.)

Del Toro has sung the “Collateral,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” and “Blackhat” director’s praises on Twitter, calling “Heat” both “a film that is part of the lexicon of the medium” and “a stark Western set in a hyperreal LA.”

Film: Heat by Michael Mann. Top three Mann. A film that is part of the lexicon of the medium. A stark Western set in a hyperreal La.

Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) December 20, 2015

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Producers Guild Votes Unanimously to Terminate Harvey Weinstein’s Membership

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Harvey Weinstein’s membership to the Producers Guild of America is on track for termination. “This morning, the PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership,” the guild said in a statement. Guild leadership met Monday in an emergency session originally called for Saturday, following two explosive reports of sexual misconduct by Weinstein including multiple allegations of rape. Also Read: The Weinstein Company in Sale Talks With Colony Capital, Gets Emergency Cash Infusion “As required by the PGA’s Constitution, Mr. Weinstein will be given the opportunity »


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‘Loudermilk’ Review: Peter Farrelly Comedy About Recovering Alcoholic Gets by with a Lot of Help From His Friends

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Credit “Loudermilk,” the recent Audience Network comedy from co-creators Peter Farrelly and Bobby Mort, for not being set in New York or Los Angeles. Following the day-to-day exploits of recovering alcoholic and former music critic Sam Loudermilk, the show makes its home in the damp climes of Seattle. As Sam navigates his way through recovery, helping those in his support group do the same, there’s a similar unorthodox way to how our antihero motivates the people around him.

In true big-city form, the opening episode of “Loudermilk” finds Sam hooked on new object of affection Allison (Laura Mennell), palling around with roommate Ben (Will Sasso), and tasked with helping out recovering addict and audience surrogate Claire (Anja Savcic).

The show’s at its best when it uses that same spirit of curiosity to learn more about what makes these characters work. Often, it sidelines that more interesting show in »


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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Featurette: See How They Shot on 65mm Film

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Kenneth Branagh‘s glorious mustache is not the only thing that the actor-director is doing old-school in his feature film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express. The director and star of the 2017 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic novel is taking painstaking means to give audiences as authentic and immersive experience as possible. That means a return […]

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Harvey Weinstein Officially Resigns from The Weinstein Company Board

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Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company following the numerous sexual harassment and abuse allegations made against him. Weinstein had previously been fired from his position as co-chairman of the company on October 8, but he had remained a board member until announcing his resignation Tuesday. Weinstein continues to own 22% of the company’s stock, according to Variety.

Read More:Lena Headey Accuses Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Harassment: ‘I Felt Completely Powerless’

The company’s remaining board members include Harvey’s brother, Bob Weinstein, and there is apparently tension among the executives over whether or not the company should be sold in order to save it. Multiple reports have cited Colony Capital as the likeliest buyer, though Bob said in his official statement last that the company was not for sale.

The future of The Weinstein Company has been thrown into jeopardy ever since the first sexual »


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‘Get Out’ is a Serious Oscar Contender, and These 5 Scenes Prove It

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Warning: This story contains spoilers for the movie “Get Out.”

When “Get Out” premiered in a secret midnight slot at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, nobody could have predicted it would become a cultural phenomenon. The $4.5 million Blumhouse production was billed as a satiric horror movie about race, directed by former “Key & Peele” sketch comedian Jordan Peele in his feature-length debut, and a cursory reading of those details suggested a wacky spoof of the “Scary Movie” variety.

Instead, Peele had made a genre-defying look at race relations in America, merging the interracial dynamics of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” with an outrageous B-movie premise worthy of George Romero. That premise — which finds wealthy white liberals using hypnosis and brain surgery to turn black people into their slaves — skewered the notion of a post-racial America from multiple directions at once, setting aside more obvious targets to unearth some of the worst »


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Frank Grillo, Jamie Bell to Star in Indie ‘Donnybrook’

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Frank Grillo, Jamie Bell, Margaret Qualley, and James Badge Dale are set to star in the indie pic “Donnybrook.”

Tim Sutton is writing and directing.

Production starts on Oct. 23 in Cincinnati. Backup Media is fully financing the film. UTA Independent Film Group is representing North American rights.

Adapted from Frank Bill’s 2013 noir novel of the same name, the film follows a man hard up for cash and determined to support his family competes in the Donnybrook, a legendary, bare-knuckle brawl where a $100,000 prize goes to the last man standing.

The film is produced by David Lancaster along with Stephanie Wilcox of Rumble Films, together with Backup Media. This is the third feature in the last two years that the two companies have made together after Fabrice du Welz’s “Message From the King” and Evan Katz’s “Small Crimes.”

Grillo can be seen next in Netflix’s action movie “Wheelman.” Bell was most »


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Steven Soderbergh Shares the Lucasfilm Rejection Letter He Received in April 1984

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In April 1984, Steven Soderbergh was a 21-year-old aspiring filmmaker. Soderbergh had skipped attending college at Louisiana State University in order to try and make it in Hollywood. Soderbergh worked as a game show scorer and a freelance film editor to make money, and one of his efforts to break big apparently included sending a demo reel to George Lucas at Lucasfilm. The young director spent his high school years making a handful of short films on Super 8mm.

Unfortunately, whatever dreams Soderbergh had of getting into the Lucasfilm family were denied when he received a rejection letter returning the tape he sent in. “Please know our returning your tape is in no way a reflection upon its merits,” the letter reads, claiming the volume of videos and ideas Lucasfilm receives each day is so high it’s impossible for Lucas or any executive at the company to see them all. »


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Antalya Festival: Christopher Walken, Juliette Lewis Head Antalya Star Lineup

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Turkey’s Antalya Film Festival has boosted the star wattage for its Oct. 21 opening night, with Oscar-winner Christopher Walken, Juliette Lewis and Japanese actor and Jim Jarmusch regular Masatoshi Nagase (“Radiance”) set to attend the seaside event in Turkey.

During the festival, Walken and Lewis will discuss career benchmarks at  In Conversation With sessions; Walken will take home an Honorary Golden Orange Award for outstanding contribution to the art of film.

Also on hand will be Sean Baker, screening “The Florida Project,” Ai Wei-Wei producer Chin-Chin Yap, presenting “Human Flow” and Cannes winner Aida Begic with “Never Leave Me.”

In addition, Oscar-winner Danis Tanovic (“No Man’s Land”) will make his way to the historic resort city for a tribute to his work, along with that of late director Ömer Lütfi Akad, a pioneer of post-war Turkish cinema.

Palestinian filmmaker/provocateur Elia Suleiman will preside over a jury composed of Turkish actress, producer and writer »


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Harvey Weinstein Resigns From TWC Board As Termination Ratified In Meeting

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Exclusive: Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of the Weinstein Company today as his brother Bob Weinstein and other board members voted Tuesday to ratify the October 8 termination of the company co-founder. Deadline has learned also that appears that talks are continuing in finding a resolution to the now ex-co-chair’s standing with the company he owns 23% of. This comes four days after Bob Weinstein said the company wasn’t for sale and it’s business as usual… »


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All 20 Shudder Exclusive Films Ranked – And Just in Time For Halloween

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Any “horror fan” who isn’t planted A-Clockwork-Orange-theater-style in front of AMC’s shriektastic Shudder streaming service needs to change that malfunction immediately. I say this as an addicted subscriber myself. You’ll finally have the opportunity to watch all those “classic” genre films your pretentious cinephile friends wax so poetically about. But wait! There’s more! Shudder has […]

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’24 Hours To Live’ Trailer: Ethan Hawke Flick Is Like ‘John Wick’ Meets ‘Flatliners’ Meets ‘Jason Bourne’

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Sometimes all you need in Hollywood is an idea that executives don’t have to think too hard about. So when screenwriters Zach Dean, Jim McClain, and Ron Mita sent “24 Hours To Live” around town, they must’ve rattled off “John Wick,” “Flatliners,” “Jason Bourne,” “In Time,” and “Edge Of Tomorrow” as similar movies, because this trailer sure plays like an unholy mix of all of those.

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