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Official Title For Han Solo Spinoff Revealed

2 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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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Riz Ahmed in talks to bring modern-day Hamlet to Netflix

1 hour ago | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Riz Ahmed has had a stellar year, with breakout roles in HBO’s The Night Of, being part of the cast of Rogue One, and winning an Emmy for his work on the former, making him the first actor of South Asian descent to do so. The actor is riding high and is using some of that well-earned clout to tackle his dream project, which involves playing the lead in one of William Shakespeare’s greatest »


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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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‘Trailer Park Boys’ Actor John Dunsworth Has Died at the Age of 71

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Actor John F. Dunsworth, best known for his portrayal of Jim Lahey in the comedy series Trailer Park Boys, has died at the age of 71. The news was confirmed by Dunsworth’s daughter Sarah in an email.

“John left this world peacefully after […] »


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

21 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

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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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Good News, Mindhunter Fans - There Are More Serial Killer Confessions on the Way

21 hours ago | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

In case you haven't heard the good news, a second season of Mindhunter, Netflix's dark and gloomy (but fascinating) FBI thriller based on a true story, is officially in the works. In fact, Netflix had so much faith in the series that it renewed it for season two before season one even premiered on Friday, Oct. 13. The first season follows FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) on their mission to interview convicted serial killers like Ed Kemper and Monte Rissell to learn more about what makes them tick. Executive producer David Fincher is clearly wasting no time in preparing season two for your next Netflix binge - he already has a real-life crime lined up to explore in future episodes: the infamous Atlanta child murders. "Next year we're looking at the Atlanta child murders, so we'll have a lot more African-American music, which will be nice, »


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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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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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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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Regina Dugan, Head of Facebook’s Covert Hardware Team, to Leave Social Network

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Regina Dugan, head of Building 8, Facebook’s budding hardware lab, is leaving the social network at the end of the year. Dugan announced the decision in a post on her Facebook page on Tuesday morning, saying she’ll be focusing “on building and leading a new endeavor,” without adding much else. Adding another layer of intrigue to her next project, Dugan finished with a quote from President Kennedy: “The world is very different now. United, there is little we cannot do… divided, there is little we can do. Let us begin anew — remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign. »


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Harvey Weinstein Resigns From The Weinstein Co. in Dramatic Board Meeting

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Harvey Weinstein has resigned his post at The Weinstein Company on Tuesday, following a showdown with the surviving members of his board of directors. Weinstein was expected to mount an aggressive defense to hang onto his position in the company, and unexpectedly backed down, an individual familiar with the meeting told TheWrap. Weinstein called into the meeting from a treatment facility in Arizona. He was represented by his civil attorney Patty Glaser. Also Read: Here's Every Harvey Weinstein Accusation of Sexual Harassment and Assault The Weinstein Company board consists of Co-Founder Bob Weinstein, media executive Lance Maerov and international film distributor Tarak Ben. »


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‘Star Wars’ Fans Crush Ron Howard Over ‘Lame’ Title for Han Solo Movie

42 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ron Howard has announced the name of the upcoming Han Solo “Star Wars” movie, so of course “Star Wars” fans are going to complain about it. Many were displeased over the name of the film “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” calling it an unoriginal title that won’t stand out against the likes of “Empire Strikes Back” and “Rogue One.” But at least some were clever in their jokes about the new movie name, with speedy Photoshoppers putting their skills to good use. Here are some of the reactions Howard is getting: 3 months ago: “Just call it Han Solo: a Star Wars. »


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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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Black Superheroes Matter: Why a 'Black Panther' Movie Is Revolutionary

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Standing in the bay of a speeding Wakandan jet, a member of the African nation's special forces unit – the Dora Milaje – advises their king, T'Challa: "Don't freeze." Calmly, the leader replies "I never freeze." He's assured, regal, radiating a near subzero-temperature sense of cool. And then, donning the mask of the legendary superhero known as the Black Panther, he torpedo drops from the sky. A car explodes beneath him. He effortlessly somersaults through the air, lands sideways on a building in a neon-lit metropolis, races along the building's wall and »


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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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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Joins Forbes Richest Americans for First Time, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos Top List

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Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings has a lot to smile about lately: The streaming giant just posted another smashing quarterly report, its shares have increased 60 percent since the start of the year, and on Tuesday, he was named one of Forbes 400 Richest Americans for the first time. Hastings comes in tied with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on the list at number 359, with a net worth of about $2.2 billion. The 57-year-old exec’s fortune is largely tied up in Netflix stock, which is hovering near its all-time high of about $200 a share. The company announced on Monday it »


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‘The Snowman’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

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In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “The Snowman.”

Ads placed for the serial-killer thriller had an estimated media value of $5.47 million through Sunday for 604 national ad airings across 26 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Oct. 9-15. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Universal prioritized spend across CBS, NBC and Fox networks, and during programming including NFL Football and episodes of The Big Bang Theory and This Is Us.

Just behind “The Snowman” in second place: Lionsgate’s “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” which saw 769 national ad airings across 29 networks, with an estimated media value of $4.3 million. It also had the best iSpot Attention Index (138) in the ranking, getting 38% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel »


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A Cow Runs Loose in Brooklyn and Twitter Goes Nuts: ‘Defeat the Humans’ (Video)

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

On Tuesday a baby cow broke loose from a slaughterhouse in Brooklyn, New York and spent roughly two hours running wild in the borough’s picturesque Prospect Park. The bovine was ultimately captured through the combined efforts of the NYPD and Animal Care Centers, according to the New York Daily News. Also Read: Carrie Fisher Once Sent Cow Tongue to Hollywood Producer Her Friend Accused of Sexual Misconduct But two hours is a long time in this Internet era for a mad cow to be rampaging through America’s largest city. Before it was over, multiple live streams had been set up to watch the. »


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