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‘Aladdin’ to Soar Above Box Office Competition Over Memorial Day Weekend

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‘Aladdin’ to Soar Above Box Office Competition Over Memorial Day Weekend
When Disney first released “Aladdin” in 1992, Bill Clinton was just settling in to the Oval Office, “Game of Thrones” wasn’t much more than a book idea percolating in the mind of author George R.R. Martin, and Johnny Carson was wrapping up his stint as “Tonight Show” host.

In some ways, 2019 feels like a whole new world. But Disney is hoping that even 27 years later, the prospect of seeing flashy musical numbers set to timeless tunes like “One Jump Ahead” and “Friend Like Me” will entice moviegoers young and old into theaters for an updated take on “Aladdin,” the story of a charming Arabian street rat who stumbles upon a genie’s magical lamp.

“There’s a lot of goodwill toward these characters,” said Jeff Bock, a media analyst at Exhibitor Relations. “I think it will work for families over Memorial Day weekend.”

Aladdin” is expected to earn a solid
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Celine Sciamma’s ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Acquired by Neon and Hulu

Celine Sciamma’s ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Acquired by Neon and Hulu
Neon and Hulu have acquired the North American rights to Céline Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” which premiered Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival in competition, the companies announced Wednesday.

Neon is planning that the love story will get a theatrical release later this year, along with an awards campaign planned for all categories.

Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” stars Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luana Bajrami and Valeria Golino and is set in 1770 in the French region of Brittany. Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), a young woman who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day, to paint her secretly.

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Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’ Film Taps ‘Scary Stories to Tell’ Director

Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’ Film Taps ‘Scary Stories to Tell’ Director
New Line has tapped André Øvredal to direct the feature adaptation of Stephen King’s dystopian thriller “The Long Walk.”

Øvredal’s credits include mystery thriller “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” and the upcoming horror film “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro and releasing on Aug. 9. James Vanderbilt has written the adaptation.

Producers of “The Long Walk” are Vanderbilt, Bradley Fischer and William Sherak. “The Long Walk” was originally published by King under the pseudonym Richard Bachman in 1979. He began work on it in 1966 while he was a student at the University of Maine.

The novel is set in the near future and centers on 100 teenage boys embarking on an annual competition known as “The Long Walk,” during which participants must maintain a walking speed above four miles per hour. If they receive three warnings in an hour, they are shot dead.
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‘Just Cause’ Video Game Getting Movie Adaptation From ‘John Wick’ Writer

‘Just Cause’ Video Game Getting Movie Adaptation From ‘John Wick’ Writer
Just Cause” is the latest video game getting the movie treatment.

Germany’s Constantin Film has acquired movie rights to the “Just Cause” video game franchise and hired “John Wick” creator Derek Kolstad to write the script.

Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer and Prime Universe Films’ Adrian Askarieh will produce the pic with Kolstad, who has written the three “John Wick” movies. Producers unveiled “Just Cause” on Tuesday, a day after Lionsgate announced it has slotted “John Wick 4” for May 21, 2021.

Producers are aiming to start a franchise based on the open-world action games from Avalanche Studios and Square Enix. The series draws its name from the 1989 United States invasion of Panama, code-named Operation Just Cause. The action takes place on various islands. The film will follow Rico Rodriguez (aka “The Scorpion”) on a race-against-time mission to stop the lethal mercenary group the Black Hand.

Constantin Film’s Martin Moszkowicz will
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Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Current War’ Gets Awards-Season Release

Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Current War’ Gets Awards-Season Release
David Glasser’s 101 Studios is positioning the long-shelved and revamped “The Current War,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, for an awards-season release in October.

101 Studios announced Tuesday that the film would open in limited release on Oct. 4, then go wide on the following weekend. The film presents the story of the “war of the currents” between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse over which electrical system would power the modern world. Cumberbatch stars as Edison while Shannon portrays Westinghouse. Nicholas Hoult stars as Nikola Tesla.

The film, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival, was to be distributed later that year by the Weinstein Company but was shelved following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. 101 Studios bought the North American rights several months ago from Lantern Entertainment, which handled the TWC assets.

The cast includes Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Holland and Matthew Macfadyen. Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon has added
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Here’s What’s Coming to Netflix in June 2019

Netflix has announced the new titles arriving to their streaming service in June 2019. As always, there’s loads of Netflix Originals which may be good or bad but serve their purpose of being Content. Notable titles arriving in June include Black Mirror: Season 5, Documentary Now!: Season 3, Grey’s Anatomy: Season 15, Neon Genesis Evangelion, 20th Century Women, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Batman Begins, Good Night, and Good Luck, Cabaret, Magic Mike, Network, Platoon, and The Dark Knight. Check out the full list of new titles below and …
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‘Lord Of The Rings’: Amazon Nabs ‘Game Of Thrones’ Writer Bryan Cogman To Consult On Series

While the Internet continues to debate/hate/ruminate on the end of “Game of Thrones” days after its finale, those involved in the massive HBO series for the better part of the last decade suddenly find themselves with much more flexibility and a schedule with ample free time to, presumably, fill with new projects.

Maisie Williams, Kit Harrington and Emilia Clarke aren’t the only ones whose stocks have risen after eight seasons of dragons, betrayals, and battles, though.

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Wounds review – crassly unsubtle mobile-phone horror

Armie Hammer is a New Orleans bartender sucked through a cosmic portal in a J-horror-influenced misfire from Under the Shadow’s Babak Anvari

Whoah! There’s something to be said for a horror film, or any other sort of film, which goes out on a limb, which smashes through the barriers of expectation and good taste. But this new film from the Iranian director Babak Anvari, who gave us the excellent debut Under the Shadow in 2016, is an awful misfire. He has taken on a starry cast for a glitzier and more crassly unsubtle horror movie, based on the novel The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud, this time under the Netflix banner. There are all the usual tiresome jumpscares, and the result is jarringly unsuccessful and wrong.

In fact, the only really good moment arrives very late in the film: Armie Hammer, in a state of extreme emotional distress, appears to eat Et.
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First Poster for ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Teases Story Details

Ahead of the trailer debut for Terminator: Dark Fate tomorrow, Paramount Pictures has released the first teaser poster today. Dark Fate is described as a sequel to James Cameron’s iconic 1991 follow-up Terminator 2: Judgment Day and finds Linda Hamilton reprising her role as Sarah Connor for the first time since that film. Arnold Schwarzenegger is also back at the T-800, with a story that takes the franchise in a new direction with new leads played by Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire), Natalia Reyes (Birds of Passage), Gabriel Luna (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.…
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‘Aladdin’ to Soar Above Box Office Competition Over Memorial Day Weekend

When Disney first released “Aladdin” in 1992, Bill Clinton was just settling in to the Oval Office, “Game of Thrones” wasn’t much more than a book idea percolating in the mind of author George R.R. Martin, and Johnny Carson was wrapping up his stint as “Tonight Show” host.

In some ways, 2019 feels like a whole new world. But Disney is hoping that even 27 years later, the prospect of seeing flashy musical numbers set to timeless tunes like “One Jump Ahead” and “Friend Like Me” will entice moviegoers young and old into theaters for an updated take on “Aladdin,” the story of a charming Arabian street rat who stumbles upon a genie’s magical lamp.

“There’s a lot of goodwill toward these characters,” said Jeff Bock, a media analyst at Exhibitor Relations. “I think it will work for families over Memorial Day weekend.”

Aladdin” is expected to earn a solid
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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ to Bring the Knights of Ren Back into Action

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has a chance to make good on some new mythology that was introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens but wholly ignored in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (for "reasons"). I'm speaking, of course, about the Knights of Ren, the badass masked warriors sporting various, specialized weapons who act as the elite fighting unit of Adam Driver's conflicted Kylo Ren. Introduced only in flashbacks of a brutal battle in heavy rain and a thin connective thread tied to the destruction of Luke Skywalker's training temple, very little has been confirmed about …
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Returning to ‘Fleabag’ for Season 2 and ‘Killing Eve’

The dramedy Fleabag is as joyful and poignant as ever in its second season (streaming at Amazon Prime Video), as the series’ namesake (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) finds herself in a battle with God. As she continues to deal with family and tragedy, which often seem to be one in the same, she meets The Priest (Andrew Scott), who teaches her that there is more than one way to see the world. During this 1-on-1 interview with Collider, the fabulously talented and undeniably funny Phoebe Waller-Bridge …
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Everything We Learned From the New ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Photos

Everything We Learned From the New ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Photos
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the end of an era. But fittingly, the ninth and final film in the Skywalker Saga is bringing things full circle. While new characters, both allies and enemies, will be introduced in the highly anticipated new Star Wars film directed by J.J. Abrams, Episode 9 will have more than a few […]

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Cannes: Daniel Dae Kim Joins Joe Penna’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Stowaway’

Cannes: Daniel Dae Kim Joins Joe Penna’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Stowaway’
Daniel Dae Kim, best known recently for ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” will join Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette in Joe Penna’s sci-fi thriller “Stowaway.” The movie marks the second feature from Penna and Ryan Morrison, the duo behind the Cannes Official Selection film “Arctic,” which released earlier this year.

Xyz Films and CAA Media Finance are arranging financing for the film, and handling worldwide sales at Cannes.

The pic’s action takes place on a mission to Mars, where a stowaway (Anderson) accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially grim outcome, a medical researcher (Kendrick) emerges as the only dissenting voice against the clinical logic of both her commander (Collette) and the ship’s biologist (Kim).

Stowaway” will be co-written by Penna and Morrison, who will also serve as executive producer and editor.

Xyz will produce alongside Augenschein Filmproduktion,
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‘Orange Is The New Black’ Final Season Teaser: Netflix’s Prison Dramedy Will End This July

Much like “House of Cards” last year, Netflix is about to say goodbye to one of its first breakout original series, “Orange is the New Black.” And now, fans of the female prison comedy/drama know exactly which date they’ll see the ladies of Litchfield one last time.

Thanks to a new announcement video, we now know that “Orange is the New Black” will premiere its final season on Netflix in July.

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’: Meet the Galaxy’s Newest Criminal, Zorri Bliss

The new issue of Vanity Fair revealed that Keri Russell will play the new character Zorri Bliss in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Russell was tight-lipped on the details of Bliss, only to say “I do have the coolest costume. I will say that.” We also know that her character is found in the Thieves Quarter on the snow-dusted world Kijimi. Vanity Fair [via Cbr] goes on to say that “After the events of The Last Jedi, bounty hunters, thieves and other mischief-seekers were given the perfect opportunity to resume operations. If the First Order and …
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Brightburn review – effectively nasty horror subverts Superman narrative

A superhero’s origin tale gets a gory upgrade in this snappy, and mostly entertaining, antidote to superhero fatigue

Long before he became the alt-superhero auteur of choice, for both Marvel and DC, James Gunn was a proud peddler of niftily produced schlock. He started out at Troma writing their deranged midnight movie take on Shakespeare’s most tragic romance, before working with Zack Snyder on his ferociously effective remake of Dawn of the Dead. For his directorial debut Slither, Gunn paid tribute to 50s B-movies with a gloopy small-town horror about evil alien worms and while he has risen the ranks since, smoothing out his edges to take charge of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Suicide Squad franchises, he remains an unabashed genre fan at heart. He recently wrote 2017’s The Belko Experiment, a brutal workplace horror, and now he has produced Brightburn, an effectively nasty shocker that
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HBO Boss Expected ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Backlash, Shuts Down Potential Arya Sequel

HBO Boss Expected ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Backlash, Shuts Down Potential Arya Sequel
[Editor’s note: The following post contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8]

HBO is gearing up to film the pilot this June for a potential “Game of Thrones” prequel series, starring Naomi Watts and overseen by Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin, but one thing the network won’t be doing is continuing the story that wrapped up in the “Thrones” series finale. HBO programming president Casey Bloys confirms to Deadline there will be no direct sequel to “Thrones” airing on HBO, and that includes a potential Arya Stark sequel that fans have been buzzing about on social media.

“I understand where that comes from, I totally get it,” Bloys said about an Arya sequel. “But in terms of wanting to be careful not overdoing it or not killing the goose that lays the golden egg, Dan and David’s show as it stands in eight seasons, I want to leave it as it’s own work of
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‘Star Wars’: Adam Driver Confirms Some of ‘Episode 9’ Was Planned “from the Very Beginning”

When Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters this December, certain story beats and character arc conclusions will have been a long time coming—dating back to the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Indeed, when J.J. Abrams took on the task of laying the foundation for a new Star Wars trilogy, he and co-writers Michael Arndt and Lawrence Kasdan explored a number of story possibilities, even changing course midway through (when Arndt was fired and Abrams and Kasdan took over script duties). But as the story took shape and characters like Rey (Daisy Ridley) and …
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‘Parasite’: Bong Joon-Ho Delivers A Demented, Uproarious Class-Conscious Satire [Cannes Review]

“Spoiler” has become a buzzword in recent months, a consequence of the fervent anticipation for pop-cultural events on screens big and small. However, it’s a whole other thing for a Korean cinema export to receive the same gag-order treatment, but this is Bong Joon-Ho’s request for “Parasite,” the second Competition appearance for the South Korean helmer at the Cannes Film Festival. Unsurprisingly, the family-driven comedic thriller isn’t something that lives or dies on precipitous revelations.

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