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Jeremy Irons-Jack Huston Comedy ‘An Actor Prepares’ Bought by Gravitas (Exclusive)

Jeremy Irons-Jack Huston Comedy ‘An Actor Prepares’ Bought by Gravitas (Exclusive)
Gravitas Ventures has acquired all North American rights to the comedy “An Actor Prepares,” starring Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Ben Schwartz and Mamie Gummer, Variety has learned exclusively.

Steve Clark directed from a script that he co-wrote with Thomas Moffett. The project was introduced at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where international sales were launched.

Irons portrays a famous, hard-drinking actor who suffers a heart attack and is forced to drive across the country to make it in time for the wedding of his daughter, played by Gummer. His only hope of making the wedding lies with his estranged son, played by Huston, is a devoted husband and professor who couldn’t be more different from his father. As the two set out on their adventure, they become closer and realize they are more alike than they thought.

“Jeremy Irons and Jack Huston make a hilarious father and son duo in this delightful comedy,
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‘Animal Kingdom’ Star Ben Robson Joins Civil War Drama ‘Emperor’

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‘Animal Kingdom’ Star Ben Robson Joins Civil War Drama ‘Emperor’
Ben Robson, best known for playing Craig Cody in TNT’s “Animal Kingdom,” has joined “Emperor,” the Civil War-abolitionist film directed former Lionsgate exec Mark Amin under his Sobini Films banner, sources have confirmed to Variety.

Dayo Okeniyi, James Cromwell, Naturi Naughton, Paul Scheer, Keean Johnson, Mykelti Williamson, Harry Lennix, Kat Graham, and Bruce Dern round out the cast.

Inspired by a true story, the pic follows Shields Green (Okeniyi), who in 1859 escaped from a plantation and made a daring journey north where he met Frederick Douglass (Lennix) and John Brown. With the opportunity to continue to freedom in Canada, Green instead chose to fight to end slavery. The raid at Harpers Ferry is considered one of the sparks that led to the Civil War.

Robson will play the bounty hunter in pursuit of Green.

The film, co-written by Amin and Pat Charles, is currently shooting in Savannah, Ga. Reginald Hudlin
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James Maslow to Star in World War II Action Movie ‘Wolf Hound’

James Maslow to Star in World War II Action Movie ‘Wolf Hound’
James Maslow will star as a fighter pilot in the World War II action movie “Wolf Hound,” Variety has learned exclusively.

“Wolf Hound” is inspired by the real-life plot designed to fly Allied aircraft as Trojan horses deep behind enemy lines. The action takes place in 1944 as a fighter pilot escorts a B-17 bomber into Nazi territory, engages in a one-on-one aerial joust with a Nazi ace pilot, destroying both of their planes and forcing them to bail out and parachute to the forest floor below. Alone, outnumbered, and being hunted down by a Nazi convoy hot on his trail, he must face his vengeful nemesis in a deadly game of cat and mouse to survive.

“I’m extremely excited to film ‘Wolfhound,'” Maslow said. “My grandfather flew B-17s in WWII and I’ve always wanted to play a pilot from that period of time. This story is
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‘Perfect Strangers’ Director Paolo Genovese Set for U.S. Debut (Exclusive)

‘Perfect Strangers’ Director Paolo Genovese Set for U.S. Debut (Exclusive)
Italian director Paolo Genovese, whose concept movie “Perfect Strangers” involving smartphones and personal secrets is making a global splash, is set to make his English-language debut with “The First Day of My Life,” a New York-set suicide dramedy with echoes of Frank Capra’s classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Based on Genovese’s novel of the same title, which has become a bestseller in Italy, “The First Day of My Life” revolves around four characters on the brink of taking their lives who make a pact with a stranger with supernatural powers. The mystery man gives them a chance to travel forward in time to see for a week how their friends and relatives would react to their deaths and what the world would be like without them. On the last day of the week, the four potential suicides have the option of deciding whether whether to live or jump off the Manhattan Bridge.
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Dennis Quaid to Play Ronald Reagan in New Biopic

Dennis Quaid to Play Ronald Reagan in New Biopic
Dennis Quaid has inked a deal to play President Ronald Reagan in a film expected to begin shooting in the fall, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The long-in-the works feature film will explore Reagan's life from boyhood through his presidency — of both the U.S. and the Screen Actors Guild — and he will be played as a young man by David Henrie, best known for his role as teen Justin Russo in the kid's show Wizards of Waverly Place, and as an older adult by Quaid.

The film is also expected to explore Reagan's ...
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Watch and Share These Five Documentaries for World Refugee Day

June 20, 2018 Watch and Share These Five Documentaries for World Refugee Day

June 20th is World Refugee Day. It has been 18 years since the United Nations General Assembly declaration and 67 years since the 1951 Refugee Convention, and yet the crisis of displaced populations persists around the world. And as long as refugees have been uprooted from their homelands and forced into an unending journey of hope and despair, filmmakers have captured their stories for the rest of us to experience.

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‘Berlin Syndrome’s’ Cate Shortland Topping The Shortlist Of Directors For Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’

It appears that Marvel Studios isn’t just stringing along fans who have been begging for a “Black Widow” film for years. While nothing has officially been announced, it’s been widely reported that Marvel Studios has begun the process of bringing everyone’s favorite Russian spy to the big screen. And according to Deadline, we now know that Marvel Studios is starting to narrow down its shortlist of directors, with one name popping up as a favorite.

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Sundance Announces Creative Fellowship to Support Self-Distribution of Fest Favorites, Including SXSW Winner ‘Thunder Road’

The Sundance Institute announced today three new films that have been picked for the second edition of the Creative Distribution Fellowship. Two of the three films, “306 Hollywood” and “The Devil We Know,” are documentaries that premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, while “Thunder Road,” written and directed by the film’s star Jim Cummings, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. Each film’s producing team will receive a $33,333 grant to go toward the costs associated with self-distribution, including marketing expenses. The Sundance Institute will also serve as collaborators in the process, lending both its expertise and powerful reach within the industry.

In exchange, filmmakers agree to be completely transparent, sharing their data and experiences in self-distributing their films. The Creative Distribution Fellowship was established not to help individual films, but to help the Institute forge a sustainable self-distribution model that could be a true alternative for
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Emmys: ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Face Off in Ultimate Drama Battle — Screen Talk Emmy Edition Podcast

Emmys: ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Face Off in Ultimate Drama Battle — Screen Talk Emmy Edition Podcast
Get ready for a fierce drama battle this year between two Emmy winners: Last year’s outstanding drama series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” vs. the 2016 and 2015 winner, “Game of Thrones.” Because “Thrones” wasn’t eligible last year, 2018 marks the first time both critically acclaimed shows will face head-to-head. And it comes down to whether TV Academy voters want to reward a timely series that tackles a frighteningly prescient look at a totalitarian society… or a crowd favorite that serves as a bit of escapism in these troubled times?

Meanwhile, this episode of IndieWire’s “Screen Talk Emmy Edition” also looks at the drama actor and actress categories: Will last year’s winners, Sterling K. Brown and Elisabeth Moss, repeat?

Just like last year, IndieWire’s Screen Talk podcast will launch a weekly Emmy edition over the next few months to highlight the most interesting storylines and races. IndieWire editor-at-large Anne
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Did MoviePass Actually Manipulate The Audience Score For ‘Gotti?’

Yesterday, we talked about a new social media ad for John Travolta’s new film “Gotti.” The ad claimed that while critics hated the film (it has a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes), audiences have embraced the film. The ad ends with a question asking viewers if they trust themselves more than critics. Well, maybe the answer isn’t as clear-cut as you might imagine. There’s a lot of speculation that the coveted audience score that “Gotti” touts might be a fake.

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George Clooney To Direct Sci-Fi Film ‘Echo’ From The Producers Of ‘Arrival’ And ‘Stranger Things’

George Clooney To Direct Sci-Fi Film ‘Echo’ From The Producers Of ‘Arrival’ And ‘Stranger Things’
George Clooney’s track record as a director is hit or miss. While he’s an A-lister actor, with numerous hits under his belt, when he steps behind the camera, things are a bit more…dicey. Last year, he released “Suburbicon,” which had all the makings of a great film, but ended up not doing much for audiences and critics. It feels like it’s been an eternity since 2002’s “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” put him on the map as a filmmaker to keep an eye on.
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‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ Trailer: Ellen DeGeneres, Alec Baldwin, and More Join Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix Show

‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ Trailer: Ellen DeGeneres, Alec Baldwin, and More Join Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix Show
Jerry Seinfeld knows how much TV is out there, so he’s selling his Netflix show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” as a brief morsel that doesn’t take too much time to enjoy. A lot like a tasty cup o’ joe.

“Don’t you have enough to keep track of without trying to remember who’s a wizard, who’s a machine, who’s a zombie?,” Seinfeld asks in the new trailer for Season 10 of the interview series. “Our average episode is only 14 minutes long. Unlike our competitors, we’re not trying to take you away from all you have to do. We think your life is pretty good.”

The Emmy-nominated Netflix series (originally on Crackle) features Seinfeld pairing a different vintage car to each of his venerated interview subjects. The two drive around town to a favorite out of the way diner or coffee shop and shoot the proverbial shit,
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Is ‘Gotti’ Manipulating Rotten Tomatoes to Make Its User Score Higher? Suspicious Fan Reviews Spark Debate

Is ‘Gotti’ Manipulating Rotten Tomatoes to Make Its User Score Higher? Suspicious Fan Reviews Spark Debate
Marketing for John Travolta’s “Gotti” went viral this week with an online advertisement that bashed critics as “trolls behind the keyboard” after the film earned a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. The advertisement claimed “audiences love” the movie — but the number of fan reviews now flooding Rotten Tomatoes suggest “Gotti” has been seen as widely as “Incredibles 2.” And that seems a little, well, suspicious.

“Gotti” currently has a fresh 68% user score, and at this writing, has 7,068 user reviews; “Incredibles 2” has 7,865. “Gotti” opened in roughly 500 theaters and opened to $1.7 million while “Incredibles 2” played in over 4,000 theaters and had a record-breaking $182 million debut.

At an average ticket price of $9.16, that means of the 187,762 people who watched “Gotti” this weekend, 3.76 percent of them reviewed the film on Rotten Tomatoes. For “Incredibles 2,” which had an audience of 19,944,094, its Rt reviewer participation stands at less than .04 percent.

Mashable reporter Kellen Beck cited
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Josh Brolin Reads Trump’s Tweets as Thanos in Bizarre ‘Late Show’ Interview — Watch

Josh Brolin Reads Trump’s Tweets as Thanos in Bizarre ‘Late Show’ Interview — Watch
In an appearance on “The Late Show” last night, “Avengers: Infinity War” actor Josh Brolin used his Thanos voice to read tweets from President Trump. During the wacky 11-minute interview, Brolin challenged host Stephen Colbert to an arm wrestling rematch, showed off his hairless chest, and even snuck in a few comments about his own weight. Brolin also said he agreed with comparisons between the Marvel villain and Trump, but not for the reasons one might think.

“I used to know him. I used to, like, take pride in it, but I don’t so much anymore,” Brolin said, before Colbert asked: “People have compared Thanos to Trump, in some ways, do you see that at all?”

“I do. Well, not the chin, really. Or maybe the chin, because it looks a little like a ball sack,” Brolin quipped. “People saw the movie and they felt sympathetic towards him, or not even sympathetic,
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: The Writer of Episode 10 Breaks Down the Brutality of ‘The Last Ceremony’

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[Editor’s note: The below contains spoilers for “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2, Episode 10, “The Last Ceremony,” as well as discussion of sexual assault.]

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is known as the most harrowing drama on TV, but the newest episode may set a new standard. And the writer, Yahlin Chang, is pleased to have been a part of it. “I’m happy to make people feel that it’s wrong to separate mothers from kids and it’s wrong to rape people,” she said.

That should sound almost absurdly reductive, but in the current political climate, it’s a sentiment that doesn’t appear entirely self-evident.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: The Most Political Episode Yet Shocks By What Feels Real, and What Feels Like Fiction

In the episode, directed by Jeremy Podeswa, heavily pregnant Offred/June (Elisabeth Moss) goes into what’s thought to be labor, but turns out to be Braxton Hicks contractions. Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife Serena (Yvonne Strahovski), feeling humiliated, decide to “help the
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‘Welcome to Marwen’ Trailer: Steve Carell Copes With Trauma By Living In A World Of His Own Art

People who have woken up from comas have said that they felt like they were barely there. They’ve said they couldn’t focus on anything, couldn’t make sense of what they were seeing, their speech was mutilated and disturbingly slow, flat, and mangled. Their brains were working, but working painfully slow. Some experience memory loss, many get their memory back after a while, while others don’t. Unfortunately, Mark Hogancamp falls into that latter category. And in the new trailer for “Welcome to Marwen,” we see just how Mark handled his life post-coma.

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Cher Recalls That One Time She and Meryl Streep Saved a Woman From Being Sexually Assaulted

Cher Recalls That One Time She and Meryl Streep Saved a Woman From Being Sexually Assaulted
Later this summer, “Silkwood” co-stars and bonafide legends Cher and Meryl Streep will once again share the screen in the sequel “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”, but the pair have already teamed up for what sounds a bit like a real-life superhero story. Last night, Cher appeared on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (via Vulture) to share a story that Streep herself had previously hinted about, better known as “that time Cher and Meryl Streep saved a woman from being sexually assaulted.”

Cher recalled how, over thirty years ago, the long-time friends were walking in Manhattan when they came upon a “gigantic man” who was “ripping the clothes off” of a woman. Cher said that the pair instantly started screaming and ran towards said “gigantic man” in an attempt to stop the assault. The duo managed to distract the man, who then ran at them, and soon
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AMC Theatres Announces New Subscription Service To Compete With MoviePass

AMC is finally taking a stand against MoviePass.

The massive theater chain has had enough of MoviePass taking all the subscription service money. They’ve announced a new venture, dubbed AMC Stubs A-List, to compete with the highly-controversial MoviePass (via Slash Film).

There are some differences between AMC’s new subscription service and those offered by its biggest competitor. Instead of the $9.95 price point, Stubs A-List will cost consumers $19.99 a month.

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‘Welcome to Marwen’ First Trailer: Robert Zemeckis Sends Steve Carell Into A Fantastical World of Miniatures

‘Welcome to Marwen’ First Trailer: Robert Zemeckis Sends Steve Carell Into A Fantastical World of Miniatures
Robert Zemeckis hasn’t had much success in awards season with his last two efforts, “Allied” and “The Walk,” but Universal Pictures is betting on the beloved filmmaker this November with the release of “Welcome to Marwen.” The movie is based on Jeff Malmberg’s award-winning 2010 documentary “Marwencol” and stars Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, and Janelle Monáe.

Welcome to Marwen” stars Carell as the real-life Mark Hogancamp, who spent nine days in a coma and 40 days in the hospital after being nearly beaten to death by five men. Hogancamp suffered brain damage from the attack and turned to building a massive World War II-era town made of miniatures for therapy. The town was populated with doll versions of himself, his friends, his love interests, and even his attackers. Zemeckis’ film takes place in the real world and inside Hogancamp’s miniature village.

“Marwen” is Carell’s second high profile fall release following “Beautiful Boy,
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Robert Zemeckis Teaming Up With Alfonso Cuaron And Guillermo Del Toro For Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’

Lately, filmmaker Robert Zemeckis has been sticking to films aimed more at adults, such as “The Walk,” “Flight,” and the upcoming “Welcome to Marwen.” However, we can’t forget that Zemeckis is the guy who brought us such family films like “Back to the Future,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “The Polar Express.” And it appears that his next project is going to bring the director back to his family-friendly ways.

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