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'Maleficent' and 'Zombieland' Deliver a Double Dose of Sequels this Weekend

'Maleficent' and 'Zombieland' Deliver a Double Dose of Sequels this Weekend
A pair of sequels hit theaters this weekend in Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Sony's Zombieland: Double Tap, the latter arriving in theaters ten years after the original. Both will earn spots in the top three, though sandwiched between them will be WB's Joker, which looks to continue its strong run and potentially top $250 million domestically by the end of the weekend. At the same time, still in limited release, Neon's Parasite is adding 30 locations and may find its way into the top ten if it can maintain momentum from last weekend. Looking at what will be its seventh #1 opening of the year, Disney will debut Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in over 3,700 locations. The film, which finds Angelina Jolie reprising the title role, arrives five years after the original opened with nearly $70 million and went on to gross over $758 million worldwide. However, the appetite for the
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‘The Batman’: Paul Dano to Play The Riddler

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‘The Batman’: Paul Dano to Play The Riddler
Paul Dano is in talks to join Robert Pattinson in Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. “The Batman,” sources tell Variety.

Though the studio would not confirm the role, insiders believe that Dano would be playing the classic comic book villain The Riddler.

Dano’s casting comes on the heels of Jonah Hill turning down an offer to join the cast. Given how long negotiations went on between the studio and Hill’s team, insiders believe WB already had an offer ready to go out to Dano once Hill passed on the role.

Pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics pic is expected to start this summer. No official start date has been set, although Variety hears that filming could start in late 2019 or early 2020. “The Batman” is scheduled to hit theaters June 25, 2021.

Reeves, the filmmaker behind the last two “Planet of the Apes” sequels, took over “Batman” directing duties
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HBO Max Acquires Us Streaming Rights to Japan’s Studio Ghibli Films

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HBO Max Acquires Us Streaming Rights to Japan’s Studio Ghibli Films
HBO Max has acquired the U.S. streaming rights to all films from Japan’s Oscar-winning animation house Studio Ghibli, the streaming platform announced Thursday.

HBO Max will debut the catalog in the spring of 2020. The deal marks the first time the films will be licensed to a streaming platform.

Available films will include the Academy Award-winning “Spirited Away,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Princess Mononoke,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “Ponyo,” “Castle in the Sky,” “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” and many more.

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“Studio Ghibli films are visually breathtaking, completely immersive experiences” Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and President, TNT, TBS, and truTV, said in a statement. “Exciting, enchanting, and deeply humanistic, these wonderful films have captured people’s hearts around the world, and we are proud
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Jonah Hill No Longer Circling ‘The Batman’

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Jonah Hill No Longer Circling ‘The Batman’
Exclusive: We hear that the two-time Oscar nominee is no longer in talks to play the villain in Warner Bros. reboot of The Batman starring Robert Pattinson. Essentially talks broke down, which happens on big pics like these. We originally broke the news that Jonah Hill was in talks to play a villain in the movie, either Riddler or Penguin. We understand Warners is circling around new candidates already for one of those roles in the Matt Reeves-directed DC movie.

We heard that there was interest from the production in Seth Rogen for the role of the Penguin, however, but I hear no offers or talks occurred.

The current cast in addition to Pattinson includes Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon.

The Batman is set for release on June 25, 2021.

Mattson Tomlin and Reeves co-wrote the script for The Batman. Dylan Clark and Reeves produce. Michael E. Uslan is Ep.
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Daniel Kaluuya Is Set To Produce A Feature Film Based On Children’s TV Icon ‘Barney’

Sometimes film news is obvious and makes complete sense. Marvel Studios announces a new film with an A-list star and you read the article and go, “Yep, sounds about right.” But then you have stories that leave you scratching your head and checking the URL to make sure you didn’t stumble upon something from The Onion. Folks, the latest news about the upcoming “Barney” film is one of the latter stories.

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How Small Regional Film Festivals Can Impact the Oscar Race — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

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How Small Regional Film Festivals Can Impact the Oscar Race — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast
Film festivals play a big role in the start of Oscar season, with Telluride, Toronto, and New York Film Festival all providing natural platforms for generating buzz around some of the more anticipated titles. That was certainly the case this year, as everything from “Marriage Story” to “The Irishman” took off (and Cannes holdovers like “Parasite” gained steam). But these gatherings don’t tell the whole story.

Fall regional festivals are often quiet sources of influence throughout the season, and two major ones in the Hamptons and Mill Valley added intriguing new chapters to the developing conversation around this year’s race. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, co-hosts Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss what Thompson learned from her time in the Hamptons this year and what to make of the regional festival ecosystem. They also dig into conversations around two new releases, “Jojo Rabbit” and “The Lighthouse,
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Marvel Studios Hires Newcomer Jade Bartlett To Write ‘Doctor Strange 2’

Of all the Phase 4 announcements that Marvel Studios unveiled over the summer, perhaps the least surprising was “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Sure, the title was new, but the fact that the studio was working on a sequel to the 2017 film was hardly shocking. That being said, it does appear that Marvel Studios is looking to add new life to the franchise by bringing in a new writer to pen the script for the sequel.

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New on Blu-ray: ‘The Shining’ 4K, ‘Crawl’, ‘The Omen’ Box Set, ‘Vampires’, ‘3 From Hell’, ‘Two Evil Eyes’

New on Blu-ray: ‘The Shining’ 4K, ‘Crawl’, ‘The Omen’ Box Set, ‘Vampires’, ‘3 From Hell’, ‘Two Evil Eyes’
In an odd twist of fate, coincidence, or maybe just because it’s Halloween season, every title in this week’s Blu-ray round-up is a horror movie. So if you’re not a horror fan, uh…see you next time! For everyone else, these are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week. The Shining 4K Ever hear […]

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Netflix Reopening New York’s Paris Theater for ‘Marriage Story,’ and Maybe More Oscar Contenders

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Netflix has announced six initial theaters in New York and Los Angeles that will show Noah Baumbach’s acclaimed “Marriage Story,” which opens November 6 before moving into more locations November 15. That’s a month ahead of its streaming debut on December 6 worldwide.

Among the November 6 locations is the venerable single-screen Paris, a Manhattan institution for seven decades that recently closed with an expected transition into retail or similar use. Sources also say that Netflix is in negotiations to become a long-term tenant at the Paris, which would give it a home base for New York screenings of its most venerable projects. Similarly, Netflix remains in negotiations to acquire the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles.

For now, Netflix’s choice to utilize the Paris is a creative solution that helps address its lack access to mainstream theaters while also working with a brand that long served as a first-rate show palace: It only showed upscale,
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Exclusive: Ken Jeong Makes His Debut in ‘The Casagrandes’ in Our Halloween Episode Clip

Nickelodeon is getting into the Halloween spirit with an all-new episode of The Casagrandes! Titled “New Haunts,” the spooky story will be airing on Saturday, October 19th at 11:30Am. In this adventure, Ronnie Anne (Izabella Alvarez) forgoes a family Halloween tradition for a “cool” party but learns “cool” doesn’t always mean “fun.” Helping her in that realization is best friend Sid (Leah Mei Gold) and a surprising new addition to the cast of characters: Ken Jeong's debut as Sid's dad, Stanley. To celebrate Jeong's arrival on the show, we have an exclusive clip from "…
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‘Jurassic World 3’ Casts DeWanda Wise in Leading Role (Exclusive)

‘Jurassic World 3’ Casts DeWanda Wise in Leading Role (Exclusive)
DeWanda Wise, best known for her breakout role in Netflix’s “She’s Gotta Have It,” has landed a leading role in the third installment of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s “Jurassic World” saga.

She joins Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, who will reprise their roles from the previous films, as well as Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, who starred in the original mega-hit “Jurassic Park.” Mamoudou Athie also recently joined the cast.

Colin Trevorrow, who helmed the first “Jurassic World,” is returning to direct the pic, which he co-wrote with Emily Carmichael. The script is based on a story by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, who penned the previous two scripts. The recent casting news comes on the heels of Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World” short film “Battle at Big Rock,” which earned rave reviews and a massive response from Social media in anticipation of the next film.
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‘Sid & Judy’ Review: Glittering Garland Documentary Makes a Fine Romance With ‘Judy’

‘Sid & Judy’ Review: Glittering Garland Documentary Makes a Fine Romance With ‘Judy’
It’s been exactly 50 years since Judy Garland’s death from an accidental drug overdose, an event so devastating for the gay community, legend tells it sparked the Stonewall riots. Now, in 2019, the beloved singer and show-woman known for her turbulent past is undergoing a long overdue reputation rehabilitation.

Time is a cruel mistress, even — especially — to legends. But just when pop culture had nearly forgotten about the little girl with the voice like raw honey, or the more mature force of nature with a silver-tongued wit, Hollywood has finally done right by Judy. This year has produced two tender and finely-tuned films worthy of bearing her name, each telling a version of the truth re Judy’s life, something even her own daughter admits she can never fully understand. Both films make her immense talent decadently clear, proudly proclaiming via glittering ruby marquee: They just don’t make ’em like they used to.
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Awkwafina, Taron Egerton Get Santa Barbara Fest Salute

Awkwafina, Taron Egerton Get Santa Barbara Fest Salute
The 35th Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival will honor Awkwafina, Taron Egerton, Florence Pugh and Taylor Russell with Virtuoso Awards on Saturday, Jan. 18. The quartet mark the first wave of recipients of honorees at the festival.

The four actors are being saluted for their 2019 work, including “The Farewell,” “Rocketman,” “Midsommar,” and “Waves,” respectively. The festival will announce other honorees shortly.

The 35th Santa Barbara Fest will run Jan. 15-25, 2020. Roger Durling is executive director.

Virtuoso Awards presented by Ugg, salute “a select group of talent whose noteworthy performances in film have elevated them into the national cinematic dialogue,” according to the fest.

The Virtuoso Awards feature a Q&a, moderated for the 10th year by Turner Classic Movies host and IMDb special correspondent host Dave Karger. The tribute will take place at the Arlington Theatre.

“Awkwafina, Taron, Florence, and Taylor are four of the most exciting rising talents and they
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Animation Is Film Festival Spotlights Some of China’s Top Toons

Over the summer, “Ne Zha,” the first 3D Chinese-produced animated feature released in Imax theaters, did something no one expected. It has grossed $700 million and instantly signaled the arrival of Chinese animation as an international creative force.

The blockbuster is part of the lineup of the Animation Is Film Festival, which runs Oct. 18-20 and features many Asian toon features that are making waves at global films festivals and the local box office. “Ne Zha” is also China’s entry in the international film Oscar race, a prestigious and rare designation for an animated movie.

“Ne Zha” follows a mythological hero who is destined by prophecy to bring destruction to the world, but fights against his destiny. Through a translator, Yi Qiao, the producer of the film and CEO of animation shingle Coloroom, will participate in a Q&a after the film’s screening on Oct. 20.

Yi says he believes
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Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe On Their Sundance Breakout ‘Greener Grass’ And Ucb Loyalties [Interview]

Critical darlings at the Sundance Film Festival and winners of the Grand Jury Award at the Atlanta Film Festival for their first feature, “Greener Grass,” actors, writers, producers, and directors Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe are primed to break out in the industry in a grand fashion. The comedians, both alumna of the prestigious Upright Citizens Brigade (Ucb) Theatre, have redefined the suburban satire subgenre in an audacious, unique, and immoderately imaginative fashion.

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‘El Camino’: Aaron Paul Predicted Jesse Pinkman’s Post-‘Breaking Bad’ Fate Years Ago

The internet is a wonderful place. Well, once you get past all the rampant racism and terribly dark, disgusting, and illegal segments. Overall, it’s a place where people are able to exchange information from all corners of the globe. And it’s also a platform for actors to answer fan questions about a possible story that would end up playing out years later on Netflix. At least, that was the case with Aaron Paul and a simple Ama on Reddit that seemingly gave his predictions about ‘El Camino’ three years ago.

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What Happens in ‘Watchmen’ – Everything You Need To Know Before Watching The HBO Show

With the impending premier of HBO’s new Watchmen series looming over us like the Doomsday Clock, it’s probably a good time to revisit the original story so you know what the hell is going on. The new series, from Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof, looks in part like HBO’s attempt to fill the violent intrigue and nudity void left by Game of Thrones with violent intrigue and superhero capes (and probably also nudity). Such is the burden of prestige television. However, if you’ve never read Watchmen, you’re going to be confused when you tune into the …
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Marvel Taps Rising Screenwriter Jade Bartlett to Pen ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’

Marvel has summoned its Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer. Up-and-coming screenwriter Jade Bartlett, whose script Miller’s Girl made it to the 2016 Black List, has been tapped by Marvel to pen Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the upcoming sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Collider broke the news that Marvel has tapped Jade […]

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MK2 Nabs International Distribution Rights to Chilean Western ‘The Settlers’ (Exclusive)

Paris-based powerhouse MK2 Films has picked up international distribution rights to Felipe Gálvez’s Chilean Western “Los colonos” (“The Settlers”), one of the most buzzed-about projects to come out of Chile in recent years.

“We are very proud to be representing such an artistically ambitious period film and one of such crucial importance and vital necessity today, when the wounds of colonization are still fresh,” said Juliette Schrameck, managing director of MK2 Films.

Lead produced by Giancarlo Nasi at Santiago-based Quijote Films

“Having MK2 on board gives us a final boost for the financing process but also confirms what we always believed: that ‘The Settlers’ is a film of the highest artistic standard together with being audience appealing,” Nasi said.

Nasi described the film’s co-producers – Argentina’s Rei Cine, Denmark’s Snowglobe and France’s Cine-Sud Promotion – as a “dream team,” who have a record of backing important Latin American films.
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‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Bests ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ on Thursday Night

Sony’s sequel “Zombieland: Double Tap” has launched with $2.9 million at 3,052 sites in Thursday night previews in North America, topping Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” with $2.3 million.

Zombieland: Double Tap” is opening at 3,450 domestic locations. It’s the first major studio comedy since “Good Boys” opened in mid-August and wound up as 2019’s top-grossing live-action comedy with $82 million.

The original “Zombieland” opened a decade ago with a $24 million launch weekend and totaled $76 million in North America. “Zombieland: Double Tap” is expected to finish in the same range as the original. Lead cast members Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone return to a world where many new kinds of zombies have evolved since the first movie. They also face the growing pains of their own makeshift family, which spends much of the movie fending off relentless zombie attacks.

Venom” helmer Ruben Fleischer returned to direct from
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