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James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Script Is Making People Who Have Read it Cry

James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Script Is Making People Who Have Read it Cry
Turns out that there are a few lucky people in Hollywood who have read the script that James Gunn wrote for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Apparently the story is so good and so emotional that it is making people cry. This information comes from Peter Sciretta of /Film:

If I had somehow talked to two separate people, who somehow read James Gunn’s Guardians 3 script, and both told me that it made them cry, I probably wouldn’t be able to say any more.

— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) December 17, 2018

We’ve heard from a couple of sources that Disney and Marvel plan on using this script that Gunn wrote, even though he is no longer going to direct the film. Marvel has yet to find a director to replace Gunn, but whoever they do hire, I hope that they stick with the script and vision that Gunn had for the movie.
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Francis Lee To Direct Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan In Lesbian Lovers Drama ‘Ammonite’

Francis Lee To Direct Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan In Lesbian Lovers Drama ‘Ammonite’
Director Francis Lee’s gay drama love story “God’s Own Country” was easily one of the Best Films of 2017 You Didn’t See and so damn good it also made our list proper Best Films Of 2017 list. Lee’s incredible film, intimate, sparse and unsentimental, created a terrific, unvarnished look at masculine love, something of a nice anecdote to the won’t-show-dongs conservative take of “Call Me By Your Name,” released in the same year.

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‘Dark Crystal’ Series: Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy Lead Voice Cast of Jim Henson Prequel

‘Dark Crystal’ Series: Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy Lead Voice Cast of Jim Henson Prequel
Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel are set to lead the voice cast for “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” the 10-episode animated fantasy series that’s a prequel to Jim Henson’s 1982 fantasy film.

Egerton, Taylor-Joy and Emmanuel will play the three Gelfing heroes, Rian, Brea and Deet. Netflix additionally announced Monday the cast voicing of other puppet characters in a staggering list that includes: Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham-Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Alicia Vikander, Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Jey, ?”lafur Darri ?”lafsson, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg and Donna Kimball.

Additional characters will also be voiced by puppeteers from the production, including Alice Dinnean, Louise Gold, Neil Sterenberg and Victor Yerrid, with more to be announced soon.
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Netflix Isn’t Killing Movie Theaters, Study Shows

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Netflix Isn’t Killing Movie Theaters, Study Shows
Netflix isn’t killing movie theaters. At least, that’s the take-away from a new study conducted by EY’s Quantitative Economics and Statistics group, which finds that people who go to movies in theaters more frequently also consume more streaming content. That flies in the face of the “conventional wisdom” of box office sages, who grimly ascribe flatlining theatrical attendance to the growing popularity of digital entertainment companies.

If the study’s findings are accurate, it would appear that the two forms of entertainment consumption are more complementary than cannibalistic. The study found, for instance, that respondents who visited a movie theater nine times or more in the last 12 months consumed more streaming content than consumers who visited a movie theater only once or twice over the past year. Those who saw nine or more movies at the cinema averaged 11 hours of weekly streaming compared to the seven hours
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Jeff Bridges to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at 2019 Golden Globes

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Jeff Bridges to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at 2019 Golden Globes
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced that Jeff Bridges will receive the Cecil B. DeMille award at the 76th Golden Globes on Jan. 6, 2019.

Bridges has starred in legendary films like “The Big Lebowski,” “Crazy Heart,” “True Grit,” and “The Fabulous Baker Boys.”

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is delighted to bestow the 2019 Cecil B. deMille Award on Jeff Bridges,” HFPA president Meher Tatna said in a statement. “Bridges’ brilliant body of work across diverse genres has captured the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide for more than six decades. We look forward to celebrating ‘the Dude’ and his remarkable career and philanthropic achievements at the upcoming Golden Globe Awards.”

Bridges’ first Golden Globe nomination came in 1984 for best actor in “Starman.” Seven years later he received his second Golden Globe nomination for his performance in “The Fisher King,” co-starring Robin Williams. In 2001, he was honored with another Golden Globe
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Box Office: 'Aquaman' Laps Past $260M Overseas

Box Office: 'Aquaman' Laps Past $260M Overseas
James Wan's Aquaman is fast approaching the $300 million mark even before it debuts in North America on Dec. 21.

The Warner Bros. and DC superhero pic easily topped the foreign box-office chart upon earning $126.4 million in its second weekend of play internationally for a global haul of $261.3 million, including a massive haul of $189.2 million in China.

After first opening China over the Dec. 7-9 weekend, Aquaman swam into an additional 42 markets this weekend.

In like-for-like markets, the year-end tentpole is pacing 65 percent ahead of last year's DC superhero pic Justice League.

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Berlin Film Festival: Charlotte Rampling to Receive Honorary Golden Bear

Berlin Film Festival: Charlotte Rampling to Receive Honorary Golden Bear
Oscar-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling, whose career has spanned more than 100 film and television roles, will be honored with a special Golden Bear at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.

The fest will also pay homage to Rampling by screening a selection of her work, including Sidney Lumet’s “The Verdict” (1982), Francois Ozon’s “Swimming Pool” (2003) and Andrea Pallaoro’s “Hannah” (2017). The honorary Golden Bear will be presented to the veteran performer Feb. 14 at a ceremony featuring a showing of Liliana Cavani’s “The Night Porter” (1974).

“I’m very happy that this year’s homage is dedicated to the sublime actress Charlotte Rampling,” said Dieter Kosslick, the director of the Berlinale. “She is an icon of unconventional and exciting cinema.”

Rampling won the Silver Bear in 2015 for her performance in “45 Years” opposite Tom Courtenay; she also received an Academy Award nomination for the role. She served as president of the Berlinale
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'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Delivers Largest December Animated Opening at $35.4 Million

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Delivers Largest December Animated Opening at $35.4 Million
For the 13th time this year the top film at the weekend box office was adapted from a Marvel Comics property as Sony's animated release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took the weekend box office crown with the largest opening ever for an animated film in December. Warner Bros.'s The Mule also enjoyed a solid debut while Universal's release of Mortal Engines crashed and burned. Additionally, ahead of its domestic debut next weekend, WB's Aquaman continued its stellar international rollout as the #1 film at the global box office this weekend. Finishing at #1, Sony Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse brought in an estimated $35.4 million for what is the largest three-day animated opening of all-time in the month of December. Previously, Universal and Illumination's Sing held that record with its $35.2 million opening. However, that debut does come with the caveat that it was part of a five-day opening
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‘Aquaman’ Amazon Prime Previews Hook Near $3M Besting ‘Jumanji 2’

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‘Aquaman’ Amazon Prime Previews Hook Near $3M Besting ‘Jumanji 2’
Updated 12:09 pm: with more preview figures: One Saturday 7 pm show at roughly 1,225 theaters last night of Warner Bros./DC’s Aquaman made a huge $2M $2.9M in paid sneaks, a figure that beats the $1.86M earned by Amazon Prime’s previous collaboration with Sony a year ago on Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. If we were to rank Aquaman on this weekend’s B.O. chart it would file in 10th place ahead of Universal’s Green Book ($2.78M at 1,215 theaters), Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite ($2.5M weekend at 439 theaters) and Fox/New Regency’s Widows ($1.2M at 1,228).

Already, Aquaman has caught plenty of fish abroad with an overseas box office of $261M before officially opening stateside.

Paid sneaks, more than packed free previews, are truly an indicator to a major studio about the size of the demand for their upcoming release. While there’s no barometer of
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‘Mortal Engines’ to Lose More Than $100 Million at Box Office

‘Mortal Engines’ to Lose More Than $100 Million at Box Office
Mortal Engines,” a steampunk fantasy adventure, is also an epic flop.

With a budget of just over $100 million and tens of millions in global marketing costs, executives at rival studios estimate that the movie will lose upwards of $100 million. Some even project that number could float to more than $125 million. “Mortal Engines” has so far made a paltry $42 million globally. The sci-fi epic came into a crowded marketplace at a competitive time of year, opening against the well-reviewed “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and “The Mule,” a Clint Eastwood thriller that had a better start than expected. “Mortal Engines,” on the other hand, launched below estimates, generating just $7.5 million when it debuted in North America.

“This is a true Christmas disaster and a lump of coal for Universal,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “They took a big swing, and they struck out.”

The film still has a few international markets left to open,
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Pete Davidson Shows Christmas Spirit In Brief ‘SNL’ Appearance After Disturbing Post

Pete Davidson Shows Christmas Spirit In Brief ‘SNL’ Appearance After Disturbing Post
Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson raised a lot of concern on Saturday with an unsettling Instagram post that reportedly triggered a welfare check by NYPD. Hours later, he made a brief appearance on SNL, showing everyone that he was alive and well, and even donned a Christmas-colored outfit to fit in with the show’s Christmas theme and the song that followed him.

Davidson introduced musical guest Miley Cyrus’ performance of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s classic (Happy Xmas) War Is Over, which featured Lennon and Ono’s son, Sean Ono Lennon, as well as Mark Ronson.

This was Davidson’s only live SNL appearance tonight (he was also featured in a pre-recorded skit about new Oscar host auditions). He was not visible during the curtain call at the end of the show when the entire cast gathers on stage.

“I’m
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'Carol' Producers Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley to Receive BAFTA Honor

'Carol' Producers Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley to Receive BAFTA Honor
Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, the powerhouse production duo behind Number 9 Films, are set to receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the BAFTA awards ceremony on 10 February.

Previous recipients of the award – presented annual in honor of British producer Michael Balcon – include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt, Peter Greenaway, Tessa Ross, BBC Films, Angels Costumes and Curzon. The National Film and Television School was the recipient at 2018’s Film Awards.

Woolley began ...
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Terry Gilliam’s Long-Delayed ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Acquired by Screen Media

Terry Gilliam’s Long-Delayed ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Acquired by Screen Media
U.S. audiences will finally get the chance to see Terry Gilliam’s long-delayed film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” a passion project that has taken the director nearly two decades to get to the screen.

Screen Media acquired the North American rights to “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” and, barring yet another unforeseen mishap, it is planning a March 2019 theatrical release in partnership with Fathom Events, the company announced Monday.

The film stars Jonathan Pryce as the title character alongside Adam Driver, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko and Jordi Mollà. Driver plays a frustrated filmmaker and disillusioned advertising executive who becomes pulled into a world of time-jumping fantasy when a Spanish cobbler (Pryce) who believes he is Don Quixote mistakes Toby for his trusted squire Sancho Panza. Pulled further into the cobbler’s world, Toby gradually becomes unable to tell his dreams from reality.

Also Read: 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
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‘Daredevil’ Actress Says Netflix Was Responsible for Cancellation, Not Marvel

‘Daredevil’ Actress Says Netflix Was Responsible for Cancellation, Not Marvel
Viewers were surprised by the cancellation of “Daredevil” last month; so was the cast. Charlie Cox called it “painful,” and now his castmate Amy Rutberg has said that even “people high up at Marvel” were shocked by the move — and that Netflix was solely responsible for the decision.

“My contacts at Marvel were very surprised. Any of the rumors that it was a Marvel decision are wrong, I think it was purely a Netflix decision. That comes from personal conversations with people high up at Marvel. They were surprised,” said Rutberg in an Inverse interview.

“We had heard rumors we would start production as early as February 2019,” she said. “It’s a little unusual to be that far ahead in the planning and cancel the show, which makes me think Netflix was laboring over whether or not to cancel it. My guess was it was not an easy decision.”

Daredevil
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Earns Hefty $54,000 Per Screen Average at Indie Box Office

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Earns Hefty $54,000 Per Screen Average at Indie Box Office
Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” follow-up “If Beale Street Could Talk” arrived at the indie box office this weekend, earning $219,173 from its four screen-start for a per screen average of $54,793.

While it’s barely more than half of the $100,000 average made by “Moonlight” two years ago, it’s still a solid start from distributor Annapurna, which is looking for a major arthouse hit sollowing the departure of its film division head and the removal of two films from their release slate. Annapurna will expand “Beale Street” to 65 screens in time for Christmas a week from Tuesday, and will also release the Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” wide.

“If Beale Street Could Talk” is an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel of the same name and stars KiKi Layne and Stephan James as Tish and Fonny, a couple whose relationship is tested after Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit, putting
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Black List 2018: Movies About Matt Drudge, Snapchat Founder Evan Spiegel Top List of Best Unproduced Scripts

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The Black List 2018 is here — a survey of the best screenplays that have not yet gone into production.

This year, trends of the films included films that were based on a true story, technology, politics and race. Time and space travel, nostalgia and monsters were also trends noticed among the slate.

Notably, Gary Spinelli’s “Rub & Tug” script was on the Black List. The project had been in limbo following Scarlett Johansson’s exit from the project because of objections to her playing a trans man. Lena Waithe’s “Queen & Slim” was also on the list.

Also Read: Black List Writer Julia Cox to Adapt Kristin Hannah's 'The Great Alone' for TriStar (Exclusive)

There is also a script about Serena and Venus Williams’ father, as well as a disgruntled Snapchat employee who tells the story of Evan Spiegel. A screenplay about Matt Drudge, founder of The Drudge Report
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Facebook Has Talked With HBO, Showtime and Other Networks but It’s Unlikely to Proceed With Pay-tv Idea

Is Facebook about to become cable TV provider? Don’t bet on it.

The social giant has held informal discussions with cable networks including HBO and Showtime Networks about potentially offering subscriptions to their streaming services on Facebook, multiple sources tell Variety, confirming a Recode report last week that first reported the talks.

However, Facebook currently has no plans to launch a subscription-video product and ultimately is unlikely to pull the trigger on a foray into the pay-tv world, sources said. After initially reaching out to TV networks about the idea, Facebook execs have been leaning toward the conclusion that getting into the premium,
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‘Vice’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

‘Vice’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying
Reviews are in for Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic, and it’s not all awards-season buzz.

Despite garnering six nominations for this year’s Golden Globes, McKay’s kitschy approach to the politically charged film has polarized reviewers, prompting a mix of scathing critiques and celebratory praise for the director’s distinct film style.

What critics can agree on, however, is actor Christian Bale’s performance as the film’s central political character. In his review for Variety, Owen Gleiberman praised Bale’s descent into political madness, calling the performance a “virtuoso” impersonation of a politician “who has no problem stomping on the Constitution.”

“Bale, thanks to a stupendous job of prosthetic enhancement, disappears inside Cheney’s doughy armchair-warrior physique and deceptively innocuous balding head, but a puckish aura of Bale obsession shines through; he channels everything about Cheney that, in the Bush era, made him such a recessive and,
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The Most Anticipated TV of 2019

As the number of scripted series continues to grow (more than 500 in 2018), it is not just a race to produce the biggest quantity, but also the highest quality programming. Looking at the upcoming slate for 2019, there appears to be no shortage of unique stories coming.

Here, Variety previews the most anticipated scripted television of 2019 — both new and returning.

“The Act” (premieres spring 2019)

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Inspired by the real-life saga of Dee Dee Blanchard — a woman who conned friends, neighbors, strangers, and her own daughter into thinking her daughter suffered from debilitating diseases — and her daughter Gypsy Rose — who plotted her mother
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‘Tell Me a Story’ Renewed by CBS All Access for Season 2

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CBS All Access has renewed Kevin Williamson’s fairytale thriller “Tell Me a Story” for Season 2.

The series is seven episodes into its first season, which debuted in October, with new installments dropping Thursdays. The Season 1 finale will stream Jan. 3.

Per CBS All Access, Season 2 “will explore a whole new set of fairy tales and characters.”

Also Read: 'Tell Me a Story': Classic Fairy Tales Get Spooky in First Trailer for CBS All Access Series (Video)

“The first season of ‘Tell Me a Story’ turned conventional fairy tales on their heads, interweaving and modernizing three classic stories into a compelling thriller for today’s audiences, in a way only Kevin Williamson can,” said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content, CBS All Access. “We can’t wait to surprise and entertain viewers with a whole new set of tales next season.”

The renewal comes just after CBS All
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