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Owen Vaccaro to Star Opposite Cate Blanchett in ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ (Exclusive)

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Owen Vaccaro is set to star Cate Blanchett and Jack Black in Amblin Entertainment’s “The House With a Clock in Its Walls,” an adaptation of the 1973 John Bellairs book illustrated by Edward Gorey.

Twin Peaks” star Kyle MacLachlan also recently joined the cast. Eli Roth is directing with Eric Kripke penning the script.

The novel tells the tale of a recently orphaned 10-year-old boy, played by Vaccaro, who discovers a world of hidden passageways, magic, and danger in his uncle’s old house.

Production begins next month with no release date set at this time.

Mythology Entertainment’s Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt will produce along with Kripke. Executive producers include William Sherak, Tracey Nyberg and Laeta Kalogridis.

Vaccaro broke out in the Paramount comedy “Daddy’s Home” as Will Ferrell’s stepson and Mark Wahlberg’s biological son and can be seen reprising the role in “Daddy’s Home 2” opening November 10, with Mel Gibson and »


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Kaya Scodelario, Josh Hutcherson to Star in Action-Romance ‘Die in a Gunfight’

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Kaya Scodelario, Josh Hutcherson, Olivia Munn, and Helen Hunt are starring in the action-romance “Die in a Gunfight” as an update on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

The Mark Gordon Company is producing the film, with photography set to begin next month in Boston. Collin Schiffli will direct the film. His 2014 movie “Animals” won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival.

Producers are Tom Butterfield, Mark Gordon and Allyson Seeger of Sunday Night. Sara Smith of Mark Gordon Company will be an executive producer.

Scodelario and Hutcherson will play the star-crossed lovers who share an eagerness to break from the confines of their lives that fuels their passion for each other and leads to an all-out struggle for their love against a backdrop of corporate espionage, revenge, and a long-standing feud between their families. Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, who teamed on Marvel’s upcoming “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” wrote the screenplay. »


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Kevin Hart's 'Night School' Adds Megalyn Echikunwoke (Exclusive)

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Megalyn Echikunwoke is enrolling in Night School, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Malcolm D. Lee is directing the Universal comedy, starring Kevin Hart, Taran Killam, Rob Riggle, Ben Schwartz, Yvonne Orji and Tiffany Haddish.

Will Packer is producing the pic, as is Hart, via his Hartbeat Productions. It is set for release on Sept. 28, 2018.

Based on a story by Hart, Night School follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes with the long shot hope that they'll pass the Ged exam. 

Echikunwoke — whose credits include A&E's Damien and Fox's The Following, as well as the »


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Shirley MacLaine Joins Anna Kendrick in Female Santa Claus Movie ‘Nicole’ (Exclusive)

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Shirley MacLaine has signed on to join Anna Kendrick in Disney’s female Santa Claus film “Nicole,” sources tell Variety.

Bill Hader and Billy Eichner are also on board. “Miss Congeniality” scribe Marc Lawrence is directing and writing the script.

The movie revolves around Santa’s daughter, presumably the titular Nicole, who is forced to take over the family business when her father retires and brother ends up getting cold feet prior to his first big Christmas Eve flight. MacLaine will play Elf Polly who was Nicole’s nanny and helped raise her all of her life.

Suzanne Todd is producing, while Louie Provost is overseeing the project for Disney. Production is expected to start sometime this fall. The film hits theaters on Nov. 8, 2019.

While this movie is not related to Disney’s “The Santa Clause” trilogy starring Tim Allen, the studio seems to be in the Kris Kringle business, as »


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'It' Sequel Gets September 2019 Release Date

14 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Pennywise the Dancing Clown is getting ready to terrorize audiences all over again.

New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. on Monday announced that a sequel to the horror blockbuster It will hit theaters, including Imax locations, on Sept. 6, 2019.

Since its debut earlier this month, the film adaptation of Stephen King's book has shattered numerous records, including becoming the top-grossing horror film of all time, not adjusting for inflation. The Exorcist, released in 1973, made $233 million in North America and $441.3 million worldwide, but the domestic portion swells to $917.5 million when adjusting for inflation.

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Release Date of “I, Tonya” Hints at Oscar Aspirations

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The movie I, Tonya, made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier in the year. Viewers gave the movie stellar reviews largely based on the performances of Margot Robbie and Allison Janney. Based on a true life story (which Robbie was totally oblivious to, even after reading the script) of Tonya Harding. It is scheduled to open in theaters on December 8th after its rights were bought by Neon for a hefty price tag of $5 million. That is a considerable sum to pay for a biopic, especially about ice skating. The fact that Robbie, at age 27,

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Denis Villeneuve Says ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Will Be His Director’s Cut

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Upon its release in 1982, “Blade Runner” had so much studio interference, that its history has been plagued with ups and downs. Receiving mixed reviews, the film came and went upon release, but ended up receiving a cult following on home video, which had its director Ridley Scott amped up and screening his own versions to audiences around the country for the next few years. There have been several versions of “Blade Runner,” seven to be specific, but the ultimate version will always be “The Final Cut” which got rid of the narration, left us with an extra final brilliant shot, and fixed many of the plot holes that were present in the original.

Continue reading Denis Villeneuve Says ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Will Be His Director’s Cut at The Playlist. »


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Quentin Tarantino Is Totally Down to Direct a ‘Star Trek’ Movie and Already Has Ideas

23 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

We’re not sure when we’ll be getting another Star Trek to follow up Star Trek Beyond, but we do know that Paramount Pictures isn’t too happy with franchise producer J.J. Abrams after he decided to head back to Lucasfilm and Disney to direct Star Wars: Episode IX. The good news is that they don’t have to […]

The post Quentin Tarantino Is Totally Down to Direct a ‘Star Trek’ Movie and Already Has Ideas appeared first on /Film. »


- Ethan Anderton

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‘The Princess Bride’ Turns 30: Rob Reiner, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal Dish About Making the Cult Classic

21 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s no secret “The Princess Bride” was not a box office success when it opened in 1987. And it’s also no secret that thanks to home video, cable, DVD, and now Blu-ray, the charmingly funny fractured fairy tale directed by Rob Reiner and adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel, has become part of the cultural landscape.

Stars Chris Sarandon, Cary Elwes, and Wallace Shawn once did a Q&A after a screening for an audience of 5,000 people. Rabid fans approached the stars reciting their lines — especially Mandy Patinkin’s “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die,” and Shawn’s “Inconceivable.” Even Ted Cruz reenacted the hilarious scene featuring Billy Crystal as Miracle Max and Carol Kane as his wife Valerie during the 2016 presidential campaign.

But did you know the film once saved a woman’s life?

“Honestly, I’m not making this up,” said Reiner. »


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Harry Knowles Sex-Assault Allegations Prompt Staff Exodus at Ain't It Cool News

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Several writers have resigned from the influential movie site Ain't It Cool News (AICN) after a woman came forward to accuse that site's 45-year-old founder, Harry Knowles, of having sexually assaulted her nearly two decades ago.

In a statement posted Monday to Twitter, Steve Prokopy, a Chicago-based writer who signs his reviews "Capone," called the choice to leave the site "a remarkably easy decision to make."

"I sincerely hope that the women impacted by any of these incidents have received all the support and strength they need to recover and heal," Prokopy said.

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CAA Stake Acquired By Singapore’s Temasek

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Temasek, the sovereign wealth fund out of Singapore, has made a strategic investment in CAA. The partners said this morning that the capital will be used to further the agency’s growth, including through acquisitions. The news follows an investment by China’s Cmc last April which paved the way for the formation of CAA China. Tpg Capital will remain CAA’s majority shareholder; financial details of the Temasek tie-up were not disclosed. "As one the most successful and… »

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Sony Executive Richard Berger Joins Motion Picture Laboratories as CEO

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Motion Picture Laboratories, backed by studios as a research and development venture, has tapped industry veteran Richard Berger as president and chief executive officer.

He replaces Steve Weinstein, who was serving as interim CEO and will leave to spend more time on his entrepreneurship and teaching activities at Stanford and Uc Berkeley. Motion Picture Laboratories is also known as MovieLabs.

Berger will lead MovieLabs’ cross-industry initiatives focused on next-generation content platforms and products, automated digital workflows, content security, and digital analytics. He has over 20 years of experience in digital innovation, with more than a decade of experience leading new media and technology efforts at Sony Pictures Entertainment, most recently as senior VP of worldwide digital strategy and advanced platforms. He has worked on emerging digital platforms and formats such as UltraViolet and Uhd (4K).

“Rich brings that most unusual blend of qualities — deep technical knowledge coupled with an instinctive commercial understanding of how technology can disrupt and »


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Jonas Carpignano’s ‘A Ciambra’ Is Italy’s Oscar Contender

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Italy has selected Jonas Carpignano’s slice-of-life drama “A Ciambra,” set in a Romani community in southern Italy, as its candidate for the foreign-language Oscar.

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, “A Ciambra” stars Pio Amato as a 14-year-old growing up in a Romani community in Calabria. The coming-of-age drama has been described as a companion piece to “Mediterranea,” Carpignano’s debut feature which played at Cannes Critics’ Week in 2015. Amato played a secondary character in “Mediterranea.”

A Ciambra,” which harks back to Italy’s neo-realist cinematic heritage, launched from this year’s Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight, where it won the  Europa Cinemas Label Award. It will be released in North America by Sundance Selects.

The film was produced by Stayblack Productions, Rt Features, Sikelia Productions, Rai Cinema, in association with Dcm, Haut et Court, Film i Vast and Filmgate Films.

Italy last won a foreign-language Academy Award in 2014 with Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” which »


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Philippines Lands on ‘Birdshot’ as Academy Awards Selection

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Birdshot,” a coming-of-age drama by 24-year-old director Mikhail Red, has been selected by The Philippines as its contender for the foreign-language section of the Academy Awards. The film is the story of a girl who accidentally shoots a rare eagle.

The choice was made by a specially-formed committee within Film Academy of the Philippines, which announced its decision Tuesday. Initially the committee was evenly split between “Birdshot” and “Sunday Beauty Queen.” That required Jose N. Carreon as chairman to cast a deciding vote.

Other titles in contention had been “Die Beautiful” by Jun Lana; “1st Sem,” by Dexter Hernandez and Allan Ibanez; “Ang Araw sa Likod Mo,” by Dominic Nuesa; “Kita Kita,” by Sigfrid Bernardo; “Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B,” by Prime Cruz; “Patay na si Hesus,” by Victor Villanueva; “Triptiko,” by Miguel Franco Micelena; and “Sunday Beauty Queen,” by Baby Ruth Villarama.

Birdshot” has its premiere last year at the Tokyo International Film Festival, where »


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Third ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Short Prequel to Be Unveiled in Japan on Tuesday

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Ahead of the release of “Blade Runner 2049,” an official short-film prequel by Japanese director Shinichiro Watanabe (“Cowboy Bebop”) is to be unveiled Tuesday.

Blade Runner Black Out 2022” is the last of three short prequels commissioned by Alcon Entertainment to help bridge the gap between the end of the original “Blade Runner,” whose events wrapped up in 2019, and the highly anticipated sequel set 30 years later. The first prequel, “2036: Nexus Dawn,” was released Aug. 30, and the second, “2048: Nowhere to Run,” dropped Sept. 15. Both were directed by Luke Scott, the son of original “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott.

Unlike the first two prequels, “Blade Runner Black Out 2022” is an animated short. It is scheduled to premiere Tuesday in Japan, following which it will be released worldwide.

Watanabe says in a trailer shown in Japan that “Blade Runner” was the biggest inspiration for him to work in the animation industry. Watanabe also says that he was eager to »


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San Sebastián: Director Ivana Mladenovic on ‘Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari’

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San Sebastian — “Boy or girl?” jokes Adi (Adrian Schiop), poking the vast dome of a belly of boyfriend Alberto (Pavel Vasile-Digudai), who lies on his sofa, on which he takes up frequent residence, in the mid-stretch of “Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari.”

Even in physical terms, the love story of Adi, a wiry thin-rim-glassed intellectual and Alberto, an young ox of a man who has gone to fat, seems a near surreal conjunction. And sex is one of the best things the couple’s got going for them.

Adi and Alberto meet when Adi moves into a dreary flat in the Ferentari Roma neighborhood of Bucharest, to research a doctorate on menele, Roma urban folk music. But homosexuality is frowned upon in Ferentari. The lovers can frolic together in a park in the rich part of Bucharest, but not even hold hands in the neighborhood. Adi comes from Romania’s middle-class, a »


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Tommy Lee Jones to Head Tokyo Festival Jury

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Veteran American actor, Tommy Lee Jones will head the competition jury at next month’s Tokyo International Film Festival.

The 30th edition of the festival will run Oct. 25 – Nov. 3 in venues across Tokyo. It will open with Japanese fantasy film “Fullmetal Alchemist” and close with Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”

Jones will be joined on the jury by Belgian director Martin Provost (“Serafine”,) Iranian writer-director and producer Reza Mirkarimi, Japanese actor Masatoshi Nagase, and Chinese actress, director and investor Vicky Zhao Wei.

The jury will decide a Grand Prix, a jury prize, best director, screenplay, actor, actress and artistic contribution prizes.

The 15 films in competition, mostly hailing from Asia, Central Asia and Europe, include: erotic crime thriller “Gutland”; “The Lowlife,” adapted from a novelist by a Japanese porn starlet; Vanessa Paradis in another female-focused drama “Maryline”; and Jean-Marc Barr in “Grain,” a Turkish sci-fi film with strong environmental themes.

“Our »


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Koch Media Nabs Italian Distribution Rights to Horror Film ‘Nest’

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San Sebastian  — Indie distributor Koch Media has taken Italian theatrical rights to film project “Nest,” a Italian-Argentine co-production set up at Rosanna Seregni’s Alba Produzioni.

It also teams Argentine producer Juan Crespo at Buenos Aires’ 3C Film Group and partner Marcelo Altmark. In development, psychological horror movie “Nest” will shoot in a studio in Italy with only two thesps, an Italian actress and Argentine actor, under director Mattia Temponi. Argentina will host the film’s post-production stage. 80% of co-production will be Italian; 20% Argentine, Seregni said at San Sebastián.

“Nest” was unveiled Monday during a panel that celebrated the entry of Italy as a country member of the Ibermedia film fund, joining Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

“Italy’s arrival alleviates the deficit from the respective crises of members such as Brazil, Venezuela and Spain,” said Ibermedia co-production and distribution co-ordinator Victor Sánchez.

Chiara Fortuna, at Italy’s Mibact government funding entity, gave »


- Emiliano De Pablos

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‘Kevin Can Wait’ Spent Less Than One Minute Mourning Erinn Hayes’ Character in Season 2 Premiere

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Erinn Hayes’ last episode of “Kevin Can Wait” was not only shared with her Season 2 replacement, Leah Remini, but it was titled “Sting of Queens” — as if the creators’ long con to swap out Kevin James’ wives was already underway.

The series got such a bad rap after announcing it was letting Hayes go, viewers might have expected them to deal with her character’s departure with grace and respect. After all, even fans who weren’t overwhelmed by the news would need a good reason to forget about a woman they spent 24 episodes getting to know during Season 1.

Read More:‘Lethal Weapon,’ ‘Ballers,’ and Why You Should Make Time for Guilty Pleasures in a Peak TV Era

Instead, in the blunt tradition of CBS sitcoms — which tackle off-camera issues with the subtlety of a piano being dropped on Charlie Sheen — the “Kevin Can Wait” Season 2 premiere spent less than »


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San Sebastian Film Review: ‘Mademoiselle Paradis’

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It’s the kind of teasing what-if with which we begin torturing ourselves as children: If you had to choose one, would you rather be deaf or blind? Would you rather have the gift of sight for a brief time only to have it taken away, or never know exactly what you’re missing? And if regaining your vision meant losing your most unique talent, would you take that trade? For blind Austrian pianist Maria Theresia “Resi” Paradis, the latter wasn’t a hypothesis or a choice, but a perverse quandary into which her body threw her — not that the draconian patriarchy of the late 18th century would have permitted her much say either way. A fresh, inquisitive portrait of her pivotal teenage years from director Barbara Albert, “Mademoiselle Paradis” is less interested in its subject’s potted biography than in how her era’s vicious politics of class and gender affected her plight. The »


- Guy Lodge

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