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Daniel Kaluuya and Lena Waithe to Team for 'Queen & Slim' at Universal

Daniel Kaluuya and Lena Waithe to Team for 'Queen & Slim' at Universal
After a heated bidding war, Brad Weston's Makeready has closed a deal to finance Queen & Slim, a hot feature package with a script by Emmy winner Lena Waithe (Master of None) and to star Get Out breakout Daniel Kaluuya. The film is based on an idea and treatment from best-selling author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces, Katerina) and story by Waithe and Frey

The script is described as a Bonnie and Clyde story that centers on a black couple out on a first date whose night goes terribly awry. They end up killing a police officer in self-defense and, on the ...
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'Joker' Movie: 'Deadpool 2' Actress Zazie Beetz in Talks to Join Joaquin Phoenix (Exclusive)

'Joker' Movie: 'Deadpool 2' Actress Zazie Beetz in Talks to Join Joaquin Phoenix (Exclusive)
Zazie Beetz is moving from absurd superheroics to a supervillain character drama.

The actress, who co-starred in Deadpool 2, is in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in Joker, the stand-alone origin project from Warner Bros. and The Hangover helmer Todd Phillips.

Phoenix is portraying the DC Comics villain in a film that is more moderately budgeted and darker than the studio’s other DC-based movies, known as the DC Cinematic Universe. The project is also described as more of a dark character study than a crime thriller, with Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy as the tonal watchwords.

While details of the Phillips- ...
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Sequels Continue to Arrive as 'Mamma Mia 2', 'Equalizer 2' and 'Unfriended 2' Hit Theaters

Sequels Continue to Arrive as 'Mamma Mia 2', 'Equalizer 2' and 'Unfriended 2' Hit Theaters
To the very best of our knowledge, this weekend will serve as the first time ever that eight of the top ten films at the weekend box office will be sequels. Both of the past two weekends have featured seven sequels within the top ten * which had happened before (see the very same weekend two years ago) * but with the release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, The Equalizer 2 and Unfriended: Dark Web this weekend, it's virtually guaranteed at least eight of this weekend's top ten films will be sequels. The sequel leading the charge will be Universal's release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which debuts ten years after the first film delivered over $144 million domestically and an impressive $609.8 million worldwide, which, at the time, was the highest grossing musical worldwide until Beauty and the Beast exploded to $1.26 billion worldwide last year. While Mamma Mia 2 won't challenge Beauty's record,
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‘The Predator’ Reinvention Honors Original, Promises More Blood & Humor – Comic-Con

‘The Predator’ Reinvention Honors Original, Promises More Blood & Humor – Comic-Con
20th Century Fox kicked off Comic-Con’s Hall H festivities today with director/co-writer Shane Black and the cast of The Predator including Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Jake Busey, Yvonne Strahovski, Thomas Jane and Augusto Aguilera. The panel started with a reel and cast discussion about which iconic characters from movie history would be able to take on the dreadlocked jungle alien monster hunter. The discussion went on as the…
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Box-Office Preview: 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' to Out-Muscle Fellow Sequels 'Equalizer,' 'Unfriended'

Box-Office Preview: 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' to Out-Muscle Fellow Sequels 'Equalizer,' 'Unfriended'
Get ready for a sequel showdown at the U.S. box office this weekend.

A trio of second installments unfurl nationwide: Universal's star-studded Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again — whose cast includes Cher; Sony's The Equalizer 2, returning Denzel Washington in the title role; and Blumhouse's micro-budgeted horror-thriller, Unfriended: The Dark Web.

If prerelease tracking is correct, Mamma Mia 2 should win the weekend with $30 million-$35 million or more, thanks to female moviegoers seeking an alternative to testosterone-laced action pics (Universal is being more conservative in suggesting $27 million-plus).

Mamma Mia 2 is one of the few 2018 summer event films ...
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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Direct Film of Jonathan Larson’s Pre-‘Rent’ Musical ‘Tick, Tick … Boom’

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Direct Film of Jonathan Larson’s Pre-‘Rent’ Musical ‘Tick, Tick … Boom’
Lin-Manuel Miranda will make his directorial debut with a film adaptation of “Tick, Tick…Boom!” the autobiographical musical of the late “Rent” playwright Jonathan Larson, Imagine Entertainment announced Thursday.

Miranda, who starred in the Off-Broadway poduction of this musical, will also produce with Imagine Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, along with Julie Oh. Larson’s sister, Julie Larson, will be executive producer while “Dear Evan Hansen” playwright Steven Levenson will adapt the screenplay.

Also Read: Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'In The Heights' Set for Summer 2020 Release

Taking place in 1990, “Tick, Tick…Boom!” follows Jon, a waiter and aspiring composer who hopes that his next theatrical project, “Superbia,” will bring him his Broadway dreams. But as his roommate prepares to move out and take a high-paying advertising job and his girlfriend pressures him to give up on his play, Jon begins to wonder if his dreams are worth it.
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‘Three Identical Strangers’ Is Being Made Into a Feature, Because Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

‘Three Identical Strangers’ Is Being Made Into a Feature, Because Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction
Truth is stranger than fiction, so it’s only a matter of time before compelling true stories get turned into narratives. Such is the case with “Three Identical Strangers,” a genuinely hard-to-believe documentary about triplets separated at birth who only learned of their siblings’ existence 20 years later — and the circumstances of their adoption. Raw, which produced Tim Wardle’s acclaimed doc, has announced that it’s partnering with Film4 and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (Ske) on a feature adaptation of the story.

Katherine Butler of Raw said that “this is an incredible series of true events that naturally lends itself to a narrative telling, and we are delighted to be working with Ske and Film4 to bring Robert, David and Eddy’s story to the widest audience possible”

“Robert, David and Eddy’s extraordinary story made a huge impact on me when I saw ‘Three Identical Strangers’ at Sundance,” added Film4’s Daniel Battsek.
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Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ Headed To Venice After First Hollywood Screening Impresses Exhibitors

Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ Headed To Venice After First Hollywood Screening Impresses Exhibitors
Exclusive: Multiple sources tell Deadline that Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born is headed to the Venice Film Festival. Although no one is officially confirming it, we have been told the festival will screen the Warner Bros movie out of competition as a world premiere on Friday, August 31. That will be one of several major awards films to launch in Venice, with the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed The Favourite starring Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz also on premiering there along…
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Adds Yahya Abdul-Mateen II And Anna Diop To Cast

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Adds Yahya Abdul-Mateen II And Anna Diop To Cast
Exclusive: Jordan Peele's Us continues to beef up its cast, with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Anna Diop the latest to join the thriller starring The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Elisabeth Moss, Black Panther stars Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, and Tim Heidecker. Peele is writing and directing the pic, the follow-up to his Oscar-nominated Get Out. The new pic is described as a social thriller and is based on Peele's original idea. It’ll open in theaters March 15, 2019 via Universal. U…
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Shinobu Hashimoto, Screenwriter on Kurosawa's 'The Seven Samurai' and 'Rashomon,' Dies at 100

Shinobu Hashimoto, Screenwriter on Kurosawa's 'The Seven Samurai' and 'Rashomon,' Dies at 100
Screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto, who wrote for some of the most iconic films in Japanese history, including The Seven Samurai and Rashomon from director Akira Kurosawa, has died. He was 100.

Hashimoto died Thursday at his home in Tokyo from pneumonia, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported.

Hashimoto wrote or co-wrote more than 70 screenplays, including many of Kurosawa's classics, also including The Hidden Fortress (1958). He directed three films as well, including I Want to Be a Shellfish (1959), and carried on as a screenwriter until suffering a stroke in his 90s.

Born in Hyogo Prefecture in April 1918, Hashimoto came up ...
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Paris Jackson To Play Sultry Singer In Indie Film ‘The Space Between’

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Paris Jackson To Play Sultry Singer In Indie Film ‘The Space Between’
Exclusive: Paris Jackson is continuing to make inroads on her acting career, and might even be doing a little singing to boot. She has landed a co-starring role in The Space Between, an indie comedic drama starring Kelsey Grammer and Jackson White. Rachel Winter, who produced the Oscar-nominated Dallas Buyers Club, is directing the pic being described as a love letter to music and revolving around the record industry. Shooting is now underway in Los Angeles.

The film, penned by Will Aldis, is set during the mid-1990s L.A. music scene. It centers on wannabe record exec Charlie Porter (White) who, struggling to get out of the mail room, is tasked with forcing forgotten rock star Micky Adams (Grammer) out of his contract at his longtime label.

Jackson will play Cory, Charlie’s love interest and a sultry singer desperate for her big break.

Michael Roiff (Waitress), Milan Popelka
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Airman Who Inspired 'Good Morning, Vietnam' Dies at 79

Airman Who Inspired 'Good Morning, Vietnam' Dies at 79
Adrian Cronauer — whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film Good Morning, Vietnam — died on Wednesday. He was 79.

Mary Muse, the wife of his stepson, Michael Muse, confirmed Thursday that Cronauer died after a long illness. He had lived in Troutville, Virginia.

As a U.S. Air Force sergeant in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966, Cronauer opened his Armed Forces Radio show shouting, "Goooooood morning, Vietnam!"

Williams made the refrain famous in the 1987 film, loosely based on Cronauer's time in Saigon.

The son of a steelworker and a ...
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Alicia Witt Takes Lead In Indie Feature ‘Modern Persuasion,’ Based On Jane Austen Book

Alicia Witt Takes Lead In Indie Feature ‘Modern Persuasion,’ Based On Jane Austen Book
Exclusive: Another Jane Austen adaptation is on its way. Alicia Witt is set to star in the indie feature Modern Persuasion, a modern adaptation of Austen’s Persuasion to be directed by Alex Appel (The Death of Alice Blue) and Jonathan Lisecki (Gayby). Witt's numerous feature credits include this year's Mississippi Requiem opposite James Franco and Topher Grace, 88 Minutes opposite Al Pacino, Two Weeks Notice opposite Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant, Last Holiday with Queen…
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‘Brokeback Mountain’ Almost Starred Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, Gus Van Sant Says

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‘Brokeback Mountain’ Almost Starred Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, Gus Van Sant Says
Although Ang Lee directed the 2005 film “Brokeback Mountain,” Gus Van Sant was among the directors initially approached for it — and Van Sant now recalls actors like Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio turning down the roles.

“Nobody wanted to do it,” Van Sant told IndieWire. “I was working on it, and I felt like we needed a really strong cast, like a famous cast. That wasn’t working out. I asked the usual suspects: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ryan Phillippe. They all said no.”

Of course, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal ended up starring in the film that followed the secretive relationship of two cowboys. It ended up becoming one of the most financially and critically successful Lgbtq films of all time, winning three Oscars and being nominated for four more. It grossed $178 million worldwide.

Also Read: James Schamus to Receive Outfest Achievement Award

Producers James Schamus and Diana Ossana
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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’: Andy Samberg Says It’s a ‘Good Moment’ For the Inclusive Comedy to Distance Itself from Fox

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’: Andy Samberg Says It’s a ‘Good Moment’ For the Inclusive Comedy to Distance Itself from Fox
Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has always been built with positive energy, a diverse cast, and progressive ideas. Storylines in the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning sitcom have tackled important topics like police profiling and bisexual representation with nuance, honesty, and — above all else — a caring heart.

These adjectives may not come to mind when watching Fox News, a division of 21st Century Fox, which is the same corporation that used to distribute “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” via its Fox television network. Now that the series has moved to NBC for Season 6, one inquisitive fan dared to ask how the cast and crew felt about their former parent company during the series’ Comic-Con panel Thursday night.

“All I know about it is there are different factions of Fox,” Andy Samberg said. “The people we dealt with there really loved and supported our show. I don’t know what they’d say publicly about the Fox News wing.
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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Season 4: Patton Oswalt Returns and Rachel Bloom Demos the New Final Season Theme Song

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Season 4: Patton Oswalt Returns and Rachel Bloom Demos the New Final Season Theme Song
A musical show with dancing and singing set in West Covina, Calif., may not be the most obvious fit Comic-Con, but one thing that “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” shares with the more genre-friendly shows is a rabid fan base. Therefore, star Rachel Bloom and co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna took to the dais in San Diego Thursday night to regale its fans about the show and tease details of its upcoming fourth and final season.

Cast member Michael McMillan, who plays Rebecca’s co-worker Tim, got a temporary promotion as moderator of the panel, which he called, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: The Final Curtain Call,” in honor of the last act of the series. The self-proclaimed “garden-variety white man” kicked the session off by introducing the gag reel for the most recent third season. Then Brosh McKenna did a shout out to fans in the audience who had cosplayed as characters from the show, including
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Paramount TV chief Amy Powell fired over ‘insensitive remarks’

Studio rising star issues denial after dismissal.

In a shock development on Thursday evening (July 19), Paramount TV chief and rising star Amy Powell has been fired over alleged insensitive remarks.

Studio chief Jim Gianopulos circulated a memo to staff explaining the dismissal. Not long after the memo, Powell herself issued the following denial: “There is no truth to the allegation that I made insensitive comments in a professional setting — or in any setting,” the statement said. “The facts will come out and I will be vindicated.”

Earlier in the evening the memo from Gianopulos was leaked to the press. It read: “Last week,
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Director Joe Russo Praises ‘Eighth Grade’ as ‘A Fantastic Film’ — Comic-Con 2018

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Director Joe Russo Praises ‘Eighth Grade’ as ‘A Fantastic Film’ — Comic-Con 2018
A few days ago, “Avengers: Infinity War” co-director Joe Russo put a few of the $2 billion the tentpole just earned toward an opening weekend ticket to “Eighth Grade.” If the selection sounds surprising, remember that Russo and his brother, Anthony, made their dual debut 21 years ago with “Pieces,” leaping from obscurity when Steven Soderbergh caught the film at Slamdance Festival. Also, Russo is a father who knows what it’s like to raise a 13-year-old girl.

At San Diego Comic-Con Thursday, Russo commended Bo Burnham’s first feature: “I saw ‘Eighth Grade’ this weekend, which is a fantastic film.” The praise came during a panel for fellow 2018 Sundance premiere “Assassination Nation,” which Neon and the Russos — via their company, Agbo — acquired at Park City for $10 million. In “Assassination Nation,” a young female quartet fights for their lives as their town descends into violent chaos after every single resident’s phone is hacked.
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‘Iron Fist’ Season 2 Trailer Sees Danny Rand Back in Action

Iron Fist, as a character, needs some rehabilitation. His debut season was disappointing, and his turn in The Defenders was irritating at best (and the choice to make The Defenders all about him and his story was a hugely bad one). Danny Rand (Finn Jones) showing up in Luke Cage Season 2 has helped a little bit -- this is the zen-master kind of Danny that's more interesting to see, especially when it comes to his dynamic with Mike Colter's Luke Cage (even though I wish, in vain, that they would have scrapped Iron Fist's solo seasons …
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Shinobu Hashimoto Dies: Writer Of ‘Rashomon’, ‘Seven Samurai’ & 70 Other Screenplays Was 100

Shinobu Hashimoto, the screenwriter whose work is credited as being among the most influential in film history, died Thursday of pneumonia at his Tokyo home, according to Japanese media reports. He was 100. Hashimoto was the screenwriter for some of the most important films in Japanese history, including Rashomon and Seven Samurai from director Akira Kurosawa. Rashomon was his first work made into a film, and he went on to write nearly 80 scripts, including collaborations…
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