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Newswire: Universal has titled its new monster movie franchise the Dark Universe

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We’ve known for a while now that Universal has been angling to launch its very own universe based off its stable of monster properties, but today the studio named its budding franchise that will kick off with this summer’s The Mummy. It will be known as the Dark Universe—not to be confused with DC’s Dark Universe—and will officially continue with a Bill Condon directed Bride Of Frankenstein, set for release on Valentine’s Day 2019. How romantic. While casting for the eponymous role has yet to be announced, the current stars posed for a portrait, including: The Mummy’s Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella; Johnny Depp, who will be The Invisible Man; and Javier Bardem, scheduled to play Frankenstein’s Monster.

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The announcement also revealed that Russell Crowe is going to be playing the Nick Fury of this universe, given that the organization ...

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- Esther Zuckerman

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Newswire: Willem Dafoe to play Vincent van Gogh in impressionistic new biopic

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Over the years, Vincent van Gogh has been played by Kirk Douglas, Benedict Cumberbatch, and even Tony Curran in those Doctor Who episodes. But now it’s Willem Dafoe’s turn to tackle the impressionist in an upcoming film titled At Eternity’s Gate, Deadline reports. Given the talent involved, it’s safe to assume that this isn’t your standard biopic: It’s being directed by The Diving Bell And The Butterfly’s Julian Schnabel, who’s also a visual artist, and looks to be a more impressionistic—get it?—take on the painter. “This is a film about painting and a painter and their relationship to infinity,” Schnabel says. “It is told by a painter. It contains what I felt were essential moments in his life; this is not the official history—it’s my version. One that I hope could make you closer to him.” Yes, but »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Newswire: Weekend Box Office: Here’s some money, go see a star war

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By current estimates, Alien: Covenant took the top spot at the box office this weekend by a very narrow margin, racking up $36 million to the estimated $35.1 million earned by the runner-up, Guardians Of Galaxy Vol. 2. A difference of less than a million dollars between first and second place is rare, especially when one of the films in question has been in theaters for three weeks. One might point to Alien: Covenant underperforming its predecessor, Prometheus, which made $51 million on its opening weekend, or to the fact that Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is a commercial juggernaut fueled by a massive $145 million opening weekend. However you spin it (and whichever film ends up taking the top spot once those estimates are replaced by hard figures), America spent a lot of money this weekend on seeing aliens, spaceships, and airlocks on the big screen, as »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Coming Distractions: Johnny Greenwood scores Joaquin Phoenix kicking ass in You Were Never Here first look

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Director Lynne Ramsay’s new film You Were Never Here had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, but you can get a small glimpse of it right now. Not only that, but this short clip includes a taste of the score, composed by Johnny Greenwood. The Radiohead guitarist, more known for his lush modernist orchestral scores for Paul Thomas Anderson (with whom he’s currently collaborating on yet another project), seems to have rediscovered a place for smooth pulsating grooves, as the music here evokes a Euro-club cool that pairs well with Ramsay’s roving camerawork. The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as a war veteran attempting to save women from sex traffickers (based on a novella by Bored To Death’s Jonathan Ames), and based on this clip, he‘s not fucking around when it comes to the nasty parts of the job. The violence is over in »

- Alex McLevy

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