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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

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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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- Pamela McClintock

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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

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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

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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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‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ Review: An Utterly Enchanting Animated Adventure

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When Studio Ghibli shuttered their production in 2014, the film industry lost one of the foremost leaders in imaginative fantasy storytelling. With Hayao Miyazaki set to come out of retirement for a new Ghibli film, that loss is a temporary one, but lucky for fans of the animation studio we don't even have to wait that long for a new film in the proud Ghibli tradition. Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura branched off to form Studio Ponoc with a team of team of key fellow Ghibli vets and their first feature, Mary and the Witch's Flower is an absolutely … »

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Steve Carell’s Range Gets a Showcase With ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ ‘Last Flag Flying’

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The film awards season is barely a few weeks old and it already has a candidate for Mvp: “Battle of the Sexes” and “Last Flag Flying” star Steve Carell.

When Carell first saddled up to prestige projects 11 years ago in Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ “Little Miss Sunshine,” you could swim in the number of stories noting the comedian’s shift into “serious” territory. It was pretty much what you’d expect for someone who had gone from sketch comedy and stealing scenes from Jim Carrey in “Bruce Almighty,” to dominating air waves with a broadcast sitcom and fronting a major Judd Apatow release, to headlining a high-profile Sundance selection.

A double-dip for indie cred followed soon after with Peter Hedges’ “Dan in Real Life,” but Carell maintained an unpredictable profile. There were humble dramedies (“Crazy Stupid Love,” “The Way Way Back”) mixed in with glossy studio comedies (“Get Smart,” “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone »


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‘It: Chapter 2′ Gets 2019 Release Date

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It has been a bona fide phenomenon since its debut, crashing through any tracking for what it might make at the box office, and shattering records left and right. For the horrorphobic like myself, that means endless fear of Pennywise images and a new reticence towards red balloons. But for New Line and Warner Bros., it's surely been nothing but celebration. Today the two studios have announced the release date for the sequel to It as September 6, 2019, where it will debut in regular theaters and IMAX screens (for those who like to be even more terrified). [caption … »

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China Axes Feng Xiaogang’s ‘Youth’ Release: The Possible Political Motives

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Respected Chinese filmmaker Feng Xiaogang’s Youth, a coming-of-age drama about young people making peace with the past, was due for release in the Middle Kingdom this weekend, in time for the lucrative National Day holiday. The movie recently screened at the Toronto Film Festival, but on Sunday it emerged that its China theatrical run had been nixed, for now, as a result of "discussions with the film administration bureau and other relevant parties," according to a… »

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Sharon Stone Signs With CAA

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Sharon Stone, the Oscar-nominated actress who is next up on the big screen in James Franco’s The Disaster Artist, has signed with CAA for representation in all areas. A24 releases Disaster Artist on December 1. Stone is also starring in Steven Soderbergh’s experimental HBO movie Mosaic, which is eyeing a 2018 bow. Stone of course rose to international fame with 1992’s Basic Instinct, which earned her the first of her four Golden Globe nominations. She won the Globe and… »


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Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Lewis Black to Star in Netflix’s ‘Last Laugh’

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Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Lewis Black, Andie MacDowell, Kate Micucci, and Chris Parnell have boarded the Netflix original comedy “The Last Laugh.”

Written and directed by Greg Pritikin, the Netflix original project is produced by Rob Paris of Paris Film Inc. Shooting began Monday in New Orleans.

The story centers on a talent manager and widower reuniting with a former client, who gave up a promising career as a stand-up comedian and instead settled down to have a family. Once on tour at classic stand-up venues across the U.S., the comedian gets a last taste of the life he could have had with a rollercoaster ride of two men rekindling friendships, careers, and ideas of the past. Chase will play the manager and Dreyfuss will portray the comedian.

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When It 2 Will Be Released In Theaters

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Following on the heels of It's incredible performance, It 2 has officially been scheduled. »

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‘It’ Sequel Release Date Pits Pennywise Against The Losers’ Club in 2019

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Andy Muschietti‘s creepy film adaptation of Stephen King’s It has become a box office phenomenon, earning the highest opening weekend ever for a horror film while also earning the biggest advance night opening for any R-rated movie and the biggest opening gross for any Stephen King adaptation. To put it simple, It‘s big. And it was only […]

The post ‘It’ Sequel Release Date Pits Pennywise Against The Losers’ Club in 2019 appeared first on /Film. »


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Fantastic Fest Screenings of ‘The Square’ and Newly Unearthed Ed Wood Porn Film Draw Further Attention to Embattled Festival

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Last week, Austin’s annual Fantastic Fest bowed under a cloud that stemmed from the secret re-hiring of former Birth.Movies.Death. editor-in-chief Devin Faraci by Drafthouse founder Tim League and the continuing fallout of accusations directed at co-founder Harry Knowles. As the beloved genre festival kicks into its second half, it continues to draw attention for programming choices that reportedly left audience members on edge.

Over the weekend, Fanstastic Fest attendee Kim Sherman took to Instagram to share her experience with a Saturday afternoon showing of Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’or winner “The Square,” an event capped by a post-screening stunt that didn’t strike Sherman and other audience members as a wise choice.

Sherman wrote that, after the film concluded, “They asked us to remain seated after the film while they brought a ‘special guest’ into the room. Then they brought out an actor from the film »


- Kate Erbland

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TV is the Best Medicine: Why Some Shows Are Better Than Others When You’re Sick — Very Good TV Podcast

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We’ve all been there. You’re feeling a little under the weather (after catching a cold or catching too many shots at the bar, you know, whichever reason it may be), and you hear your mother’s voice in your head: “Stay in bed,” she says. “Get your rest. I’ll just turn on the TV for you, so you can relax.”

Lying in bed is generally awesome, but when you’re not feeling great, it can be more of a bitter experience than a sweet one. You’re sweltering under the covers until you kick them off and freeze to death. You can’t get comfortable because of the itchy sheets or baggy pajamas. You need to rest, but you need a distraction. The solution? A good TV show to accompany you and your grogginess!

Life (and all its knacks) can sometimes prevent us from keeping up with our favorite shows, »


- Alberto Achar

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