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‘Akira’: Warner Bros. Eyeing ‘Get Out’ Helmer Jordan Peele to Direct Long-Planned Remake — Report

5 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fresh off his mega-successful directorial debut, “Get Out,” Jordan Peele is now been courted by Warner Bros. to helm the live-action adaptation of the iconic cyberpunk manga “Akira,” as reported by The Tracking Board. According to the site, the studio is moving “aggressively” to seal the deal with the comedian-turned-filmmaker, and the talks seem “encouraging.”

Read More: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Is the First Debut Feature From an African-American Writer/Director to Make $100 Million

Set in a dystopian version of Tokyo called Neo-Tokyo, “Akira” centers around two teenage bikers, Tetsuo and Kaneda, whose lives change dramatically after Tetsuo realizes he has psychic powers. Fearing that the city will be hit with another catastrophic psychic explosion, a government agency goes after Tetsuo, all the while fearing the monstrous power of the mysterious Akira.

Read More: ‘Get Out’ Is the First of Many ‘Social Thrillers’ Jordan Peele Has Planned

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‘Batgirl’ Movie: Joss Whedon to Direct Standalone Film (Exclusive)

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

Batgirl is flying solo. The superheroine is getting her own standalone movie from filmmaker Joss Whedon.

Whedon is nearing a deal to write, direct, and produce an untitled Batgirl pic for Warner Bros. as part of its DC Extended Universe.

No other producers are currently attached. Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group is overseeing with Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. The new project originated in the past month.

Batgirl is one of the most popular superheroines in the world, but has never gotten her own movie. The project will also feature other characters from the world of Gotham.

Batgirl first appeared in DC Comics in 1967 as Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon in “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!” by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino.

The Batgirl project will be the second movie from DC Films to »


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Paul Thomas Anderson’s New Movie Starring Daniel Day-Lewis Confirmed For Christmas Release

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

If there is one movie we’ll buy a ticket for this year, without needing a poster, trailer, or even any still images, it’s Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new movie starring his “There Will Be Blood” collaborator Daniel Day-Lewis. Not much has been glimpsed from the film, aside from some set images, and we don’t know the title yet. However, let there be no doubt….it’s coming in 2017.

Continue reading Paul Thomas Anderson’s New Movie Starring Daniel Day-Lewis Confirmed For Christmas Release at The Playlist. »


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‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Won’t Bring Back Jeremy Renner Due to Marvel Commitments

4 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Even though Mission: Impossible 6 will feature Tom Cruise tackling a stunt that tops anything else he’s done in the franchise before, he’ll have to pull it off without one of this newer teammates helping him out. Jeremy Renner has co-starred in both Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol[/link] and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation as […]

The post ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Won’t Bring Back Jeremy Renner Due to Marvel Commitments appeared first on /Film. »


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‘Legion’: Noah Hawley on Season 2 Release Plans, Finale Easter Eggs, and David’s Burgeoning Clarity

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[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Legion” Season 1 finale, Episode 8, “Chapter 8.”]

In the aftermath of the Season 1 finale of “Legion,” fans can rejoice because showrunner Noah Hawley already has a premiere date planned for Season 2 of the surrealist superhero show. Currently, Hawley’s goal is to have 10 episodes for Season 2, with the same 2018 premiere date as Season 1.

Read More: ‘Legion’ Finale Review: Noah Hawley Goes Full Marvel Without Losing What Makes This Series Revolutionary

With a surprise ending, and an even more surprising mid-credits scene (props to the Marvel fans who stuck it out), a lot of questions were left to delve into in the second season. In a joint call with showrunner Noah Hawley and other reporters, a few things were cleared up looking back on Season 1, with exciting ruminations on what to look for in the not-so-far-off Season 2.

Division 3’s Secret Weapon

When asked about the supposed “peacemaker” Division 3 has on hand during the finale, Hawley alluded to its »


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CinemaCon: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Stuns Theater Owners With Epic War Drama

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

Las Vegas — An impassioned Christopher Nolan introduced intense footage from his World War II epic “Dunkirk,” expressing his goal of taking moviegoers back to the massive 1940 evacuation.

“This is a story that needs to carry you through and make you feel you are there,” Nolan told exhibitors at Warner Bros.’ presentation on Wednesday afternoon at CinemaCon, the annual theater owner trade show taking place this week in Sin City.

Nolan shot “Dunkirk” from his own screenplay on a combination of Imax 65mm and 65mm large format film. “I wanted to tell the story in the most visceral way possible,” he added.

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Dunkirk” will focus on the rescue through a quickly assembled British fleet of more than 800 boats, which saved more than 335,000 soldiers who had been cut off by the German Army. As the rescue was concluding, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill told Parliament, »


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Academy Chooses to Stick with Accounting Firm Despite Envelopegate

29 March 2017 12:07 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has decided to continue working with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the wake of the massive Best Picture mix-up at last month’s Oscar telecast.

“Last night the Board of Governors met for the first time following what was, in so many ways, the most extraordinary and memorable Oscars ceremony in decades. As you may know, the Board meets approximately six times a year to discuss the business of the Academy,” Academy president Cheryl Boone Issacs said in an email to its members. “After a thorough review, including an extensive presentation of revised protocols and ambitious controls, »


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Stan Shaw to Star in ‘Jeepers Creepers 3’

33 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stan Shaw is set to star in “Jeepers Creepers 3.”

The original “Jeepers Creepers” was released in 2001, followed by a sequel, “Jeepers Creepers 2,” in 2003. The two movies centered on an ancient creature, known as “the Creeper,” which hunts for 23 days every 23rd spring for human body parts and organs. Myriad Pictures will finance the threequel.

Jeepers Creepers 3” reunites the original creative team behind the first two films, including writer-director Victor Salva. Jonathan Breck will reprise his role as the Creeper and Brandon Smith returns as Sergeant Davis Tubbs.

Shaw plays the sheriff who is currently hunting the creature.

Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope, which produced the first two films, will co-produce along with Kirk Shaw and Surai Gohill’s Odyssey Media, and Stan Spry’s The Cartel. Coppola, Shaw and Spry will serve as producers and Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico will executive produce.

Shaw’s past credits include “Rocky” and “Snake Eyes. »


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AMPTP Asks WGA to Resume Contract Talks

43 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The major studios have formally asked the Writers Guild of America to return to the bargaining table.

Carol Lombardini, president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, sent a letter to WGA West exec director David Young and WGA East exec director Lowell Peterson today asking them to set a date for resuming the talks that ended last Thursday. The AMPTP wants the WGA to respond to what it described as the “Comprehensive Package Proposal” that was offered the last time they met.

The AMPTP brought an end to the talks last Thursday after nearly two weeks at the table at AMPTP headquarters in Encino. The WGA has since initiated the process of conducting a strike authorization vote among its membership, and sent a message to members that was critical of the AMPTP offer in key arenas, particularly as it related to employer health care contributions.

Nonetheless, the guild said late Wednesday it hopes to »


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'Five Came Back' Review: Doc on WWII Filmmakers Is a Peerless History Lesson

45 minutes ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Arguably the best documentary ever made about Hollywood and wartime, Five Came Back is nirvana for movie lovers and a real eye-opener for anyone new to the subject. Based on the brilliant, richly detailed bestseller by Mark Harris, this three-part chronicle of filmmakers doing their patriotic duty is receiving a theatrical run while also being available as a miniseries on Netflix. Whichever way you catch it, don't think of missing it.

Subtitled A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War, Harris' 2014 book pivoted between the P.O.V.s »


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Channing Tatum Makes Deadly Debut in ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Trailer at CinemaCon

54 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Channing Tatum roped in excitement at CinemaCon, with the first trailer for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” showing the actor using a deadly lasso that slices its victims in half.

The footage, unveiled Thursday morning, included the entire Kingsman complex being blown up, resulting in Taron Egerton’s Gary “Eggsy” Unwin declaring evenly, “We follow doomsday protocol.”

The exuberance-filled trailer opens with Egerton in a missile-armed spy car, followed by the discovery that the Kingsmen are facing a nefarious organization whose members have their fingerprints lasered off, and their teeth filed down.

With the headquarters missing, Egerton and Mark Strong, back as Eggsy’s trainer Merlin, find a bottle of Kentucky whiskey as a clue, leading them to discover an allied Kentucky-based spy organization in the U.S. called Statesman that’s staffed by a cowboy-style Tatum.

Colin Firth, donning an eyepatch, is also back as Harry Hart — even though he »


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Espn Leads Sports Emmy Nominations, Brent Musburger to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

55 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Espn and its sister networks led all of their competition in the nominations for the 38th Annual Sports Emmy Awards, securing 50 nods across 41 categories. In addition, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced that legendary sportscaster Brent Musburger would be honored at this year’s ceremony with the lifetime achievement award.

“It has been another outstanding year for the sports television industry and the quality of this year’s record number of entries continues to raise the bar of what sports programming can be,” said Steve Ulrich, senior vice president of the Sports Emmy Awards. “With Brent Musburger being recognized for his almost 50 years in sports television, it will be a grand night as we celebrate this stellar cast of nominees on May 9th at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.”

The NBC Sports Group trailed Espn by just nine nominations, racking up 41 of their own for their coverage of the 2016 Summer »


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J.T. Thomas ‘Survivor 34’ exit interview: I ‘regret’ not using hidden immunity idol [Podcast]

1 hour ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

“I obviously regret that, but I really felt we were solid,” says “Survivor: Game Changers” castoff J.T. Thomas after he chose not to bring his hidden immunity idol to tribal council in this week’s episode. This was J.T.’s third time playing the game after winning “Survivor: Tocantins” and finishing 10th in “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.” He […] »


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Comedy Central Teases New Late-Night Series ‘The President Show’

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Comedy Central appears to be launching a new late-night series called “The President Show” that will spoof President Donald Trump, based on several tweets sent out from two new network-linked Twitter accounts on Thursday.

The first, from Twitter user @PresidentShow, says simply “”Late night TV is broken. A Total Disaster. I alone can fix it!” The tweet also includes a link to a Comedy Central press release with the same quote but no further information. The other account is @LateNightDonald, whose Twitter bio reads, “Official Twitter profile for the host of @PresidentShow. Make Night Late Again!”

The second account has been active since March 21, tweeting things such as, “Steven Colbert portrayed a conservative on TV for many years. Why so dishonest? What is he hiding? The Russians should look into this” as well as “Hackers shining the spotlight on Weak late night. We need to bring American Jobs back to late night.” The »


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Hugh Jackman Debuts Fantastical ‘The Greatest Showman’ Footage at CinemaCon

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Hugh Jackman gave a shoutout to his mom when he took the stage at CinemaCon on Thursday to introduce footage from “The Greatest Showman,” Fox’s upcoming big-budget musical.

“If I don’t do that she’ll start heckling,” Jackman joked as the audience of theater owners melted.

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Jackman, a modern-day reincarnation of Howard Keel, brought some much need star power to an event that tends to be heavy on rumpled studio and exhibition executives. With his mega-watt smile and broad-shouldered strut, he prowled the stage, charming and selling his passion project. There’s a reason that “The Greatest Showman” required Jackman putting his clout behind the project. The musical story of P.T. Barnum, a circus impresario, is a risky proposition in an age of superhero films and franchise fare. Musicals can be hit or miss at the box office, »


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‘Survivor: Game Changers’ power rankings: Tai Trang, Brad Culpepper, Sierra Thomas continue to dominate

1 hour ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The queen stayed the queen on Wednesday’s episode of “Survivor: Game Changers” after two-time winner Sandra Diaz-Twine worked her magic to take out the only other former champion left, J.T. Thomas. And while Sandra’s game play has been masterful, she’s had to do a lot of work to make the chips fall in her favor […] »


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'The Zookeeper's Wife' Review: Jessica Chastain Goes Dr. Dolittle in WWII Drama

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It's an incredible true story, how a Polish couple sheltered Jews during WWII in their abandoned zoo in Warsaw. What a shame then, that in adapting the book by Diane Ackerman, screenwriter Angela Workman lets the dialogue run to the blandest of bromides. It's fortunate that the stellar director Niki Caro (Whale Rider) rarely lets the action go slack, using striking visuals that express so much more than the clunky verbiage. And in Jessica Chastain, Caro finds an actress ready to use everything she's got to bring the title role to life. »


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Zoey Deutch to Star With Glen Powell in Netflix’s Romantic Comedy ‘Set It Up’ (Exclusive)

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Zoey Deutch is set to reunite with Glen Powell, joining her “Everybody Wants Some” costar in Netflix’s romantic comedy “Set It Up.”

The story follows two overworked assistants who try to get their horrible bosses out of their hair by setting them up together. Claire Scanlon is directing the film, which will start production this summer.

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Katie Silverman penned the script with Justin Nappi of Treehouse Pictures, who also produces.

The film, originally titled “The Set Up,” was initially set up at MGM.

Deutch received strong reviews for her performance in the Sundance drama “Before I Fall,” which is currently in theaters. She also starred alongside James Franco and Bryan Cranston in the comedy “Why Him,” and in Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some” last year. Additionally, Deutch co-stars in “Rebel in the Rye, »


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Is the End in Sight for Berlinale Chief Dieter Kosslick?

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

Is the end in sight for Dieter Kosslick’s 16-year reign as chief of the Berlin Intl. Film Festival — also known as the Berlinale — one of the world’s top five movie events?

Speculation about Kosslick’s future has been rife in the German media after Berlin newspaper B.Z. said in an article Tuesday that his contract would not be renewed when it ran out in May 2019. The paper cited unnamed sources within the German government, which contributes €7.2 million ($7.72 million) to the festival’s €24 million ($25.7 million) budget, and appoints the festival director.

A spokesperson at the German Culture Ministry told Variety it would not comment on press speculation but did not deny B.Z.’s claim, saying only that Kosslick and Culture Minister Monika Gruetters were in discussions about the festival’s future development, including personnel issues.

Kosslick himself joked about the matter. “Up till now, no one has not extended my contract, »


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Jennifer Lawrence’s Sexy ‘Red Sparrow’ Trailer Seduces CinemaCon

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

Jennifer Lawrence’s upcoming “Red Sparrow” seduced audiences at CinemaCon on Thursday.

20th Century Fox used the exhibition industry trade show to debut a sexy first look at the upcoming Cold War thriller. The film follows Lawrence as a prima ballerina who breaks her leg. With her dancing career in jeopardy, Lawrence is recruited for a secretive Russian spy agency. There she falls in love with Joel Edgerton (glimpsed in a speedo).

“The two begin this cat and mouse seduction and fall in love, but you’re never really sure if the relationship is real and whose side you’re on,” said Emma Watts, Fox film vice chairman.

There’s gripping shots of Lawrence, rocking a backless dress walking up a long stairway and training in a remote mansion, situated in a snowy corner of Mother Russia. Charlotte Rampling looks to be a stand out as an emotionally remote spy chief. »


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