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‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees
The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the first wave of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees.
Among the contenders: Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz (“La La Land”), and Academy Award nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson. As previously announced, the lifetime achievement award will be presented to composer David Shire (“The Conversation,” “All the President’s Men”) as part of the #WSAwards celebration of jazz. »
- Rebecca Rubin
Weinstein Co. Moves ‘Mary Magdalene’ Back to Easter — and Now Has Just One Oscar Contender
The Weinstein Co. is moving one of its would-be Oscar hopefuls, Bible epic “Mary Magdalene” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara, out of the expensive awards season to focus on a less competitive spring release on March 30 timed to the Easter holiday.
TWC has always been willing to make opportunistic changes, but taking Garth Davis’ follow-up to “Lion” out of the fall is a dramatic. It follows the company’s serial pushback of Alicia Vikander vehicle “Tulip Fever,” including many canceled press screenings, as well as a March 9, 2018 release slot for “The Untouchables” remake “The Upside,” starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.
- Anne Thompson
Netflix Lands Paul Greengrass Pic About Norwegian Terrorist Who Killed 77
Exclusive: Paul Greengrass will next direct a movie he has written about the Norwegian terrorist who in 2011 murdered 77 people in the country’s deadliest attack since WWII. Netflix has won the right to make the film in heavy competition. Scott Rudin will produce with Greg Goodman and Eli Bush. The horrific violence was inflicted by Anders Behring Breivik, a self-described right-wing Christian extremist with a hatred for Muslims. He started the carnage by detonating a… »
Lynn Whitfield Joins Sanaa Lathan In ‘Nappily Ever After’
Exclusive: Actress Lynn Whitfield has signed on to co-star in the Netflix comedy Nappily Ever After, joining Sanaa Lathan and Ernie Hudson in the film based on Trisha R. Thomas’ book of the same name. Haifaa Al-Mansour is directing the pic from an original script by Tina Chism with rewrites from Lisa Loomer, Adam Brooks and Gina Prince-Bythewood. It follows Violet Jones (Lathan), whose a seemingly flawless life is interrupted after an accident at the hair dresser leads to… »
Numan Acar Cast In Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Remake
Numan Acar has been cast in Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake, which is being directed by Guy Ritchie. He’s joining Will Smith as Genie as well as Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, in the roles of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, respectively. Written by John August (Big Fish), the adaptation is based on the 1992 animated classic and follows the story of Aladdin, who finds a magic lamp and the bigger-than-life genie that grants him three wishes. Acar will play Hakim, the head… »
‘Little Evil’ Trailer: Adam Scott’s Stepson Is The Antichrist
Back in 1990, John Ritter had to deal with his “Problem Child,” but we’d argue his character probably wouldn’t trade places with Adam Scoot. The “Party Down” and “Parks & Recreation” star will have his own hellraiser to face in the upcoming “Little Evil.”
From writer/director Eli Craig (“Tucker and Dale vs Evil“), the film co-stars Evangeline Lilly, Tyler Labine, Donald Faison, and Owen Atlas, and follows an earnest man and his uneasy relationship with his stepson, who just happens to be the antichrist.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Game of Thrones’ Guide, Week 6: Every Question We Have Before the Season 7 Finale
Like a cheap, drunken night at a Braavosi brothel, Game of Thrones usually leaves us with far more questions than answers. Each week, we’re going to take a deeper look into every single Q HBO’s fantasy mega-hit needs to A. As predicted, Jon Snow’s suicide mission in “Beyond The Wall” went horribly; Thoros of Myr is dead, Gendry Baratheon was exposed as this show’s most awkward runner, and The Night King slew Viserion and resurrected the dragon as his own personal undead nuclear bomb. Luckily, amid the chaos, our heroes did manage to nab a … »
- Vinnie Mancuso
Angelina Jolie, Javier Bardem, Helen Mirren Leading Talks at Toronto Film Festival
Many of these actors and filmmakers aren’t just trekking to Canada to take a jaunt down memory lane. They’re also on hand to launch new films. Bardem stars in “mother!,” Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming horror film, and “Loving Pablo,” both of which will debut at the festival. Jolie is bringing “First They Killed My Father,” a drama about the Cambodian genocide that she made for Netflix, to the gathering. Mirren is appearing opposite Donald Sutherland in “The Leisure Seeker,” another festival entry. And Bernal will be seen in “If You Saw His Heart,” which will screen at the event.
In addition, the festival also unveiled its 2017 Discovery program lineup. It boasts 45 first and second
feature films by up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world. The »
- Brent Lang
First Look: Christian Bale In ‘Hostiles’
You won’t be able to turn around at the Toronto International Film Festival this year without bumping into a high profile movie, but certainly one of the biggest is “Hostiles.” The new film from writer/director Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart,” “Out Of The Furnance“) will be making its World Premiere, and its brimming with the potential and talent, starting with the cast.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Why ‘The Avengers’ Movies Will Never Be the McU’s Best
Marvel Studios is a movie-making genius. The studio has jumpstarted an entire genre of films not simply through its shared universal model, but also by purposefully and deftly playing with genre. In giving each of their standalone hero flicks its own genre flavor, Marvel has taken the superhero movie and launched it to new heights. This is a great strategy, but it is also why the McU runs into problems when it comes to its team-up ensemble films. While many cite the sheer number of characters in movies like The Avengers, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain … »
- Kayti Burt
BBC Culture Names the Top 100 Comedies of All Time, From ‘Some Like It Hot’ to ‘Airplane!’
“Well, nobody’s perfect,” may be the last line of “Some Like It Hot,” but BBC Culture’s newest list of the 100 greatest comedies of all time comes pretty darn close. Billy Wilder’s cross-dressing buddy comedy earned the most votes, but the rest of the list is as robust and varied as one would hope, containing slam dunk smash hits as well as lesser known hidden gems.
Read More:The 25 Best Comedies of the 21st Century, Ranked
The survey included responses from 253 film critics internationally, with freelancers writing in from Syria, Azerbaijan, and Montenegro. For a deeper dive into your favorite critics’ comedic tastes, each individual top ten list is also available for perusal. IndieWire’s Eric Kohn, David Ehrlich, and Kate Erbland participated; their number one picks were “City Lights,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” respectively.
Read More:Jerry Lewis, King of Comedy, Dies at 91
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- Jude Dry
If You Ask For A Photo With Ezra Miller, Be Prepared For Something Magical
Here's what happens if you ask for a photo with Ezra Miller. »
- Crystal Bell
Quentin Tarantino’s 9 Strangest and Most Surprising Movie Projects
When you think of Quentin Tarantino, classic films like “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Django Unchained” certainly come to mind. But what about the critically reviled “Saturday Night Live” sketch adaptation “It’s Pat”? Or the Michael Bay Alcatraz action movie “The Rock”? Tarantino’s fingerprints have been all over the movies ever since his breakout debut in 1992, and some of his projects are way more bizarre than others.
The director is currently getting together his ninth feature, which will be his penultimate effort behind the camera if his retirement talks are to be believed. Sources say Tarantino is putting together a drama involving the Manson family murders and that he’s eyeing Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence to star. As the filmmakers looks to the future for his next project, we »
- Zack Sharf
Gemma Arterton reveals studio filmed her exercising to make her lose weight for role
Actor describes ‘traumatic’ experience in Morocco when Hollywood producers flew out a personal trainer and filmed her at the gym to prove she was exercising
Gemma Arterton has revealed that she was once forced to lose weight for a role by Hollywood producers, who flew out a personal trainer to work with her on location and filmed her at the gym to prove that she was exercising.
Speaking to the Guilty Feminist podcast in June, the British actor described the experience, which occurred while she was filming in Morocco, as “traumatic”.
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- Gwilym Mumford
David Hasselhoff Wants a ‘Knight Rider’ Movie Like ‘Logan,’ Directed by Robert Rodriguez
David Hasselhoff is currently back in the spotlight for a presumably limited amount of time thanks to his cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, More importantly, Hasselhoff has even more fun performing the disco track “Guardians Inferno” on the film’s soundtrack, not to mention starring in the supplemental music video on the home […]
- Ethan Anderton
How Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Pulled Off Rocket’s Fight With The Ravagers
Want to know how the scene of Rocket Raccoon taking down the Ravagers in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 became reality? Read on to get all the answers, and then some. »
The Hitman's Bodyguard knocks Dunkirk off the top of the UK box office – but only just
Knocking Dunkirk off the top spot of the official comScore UK box office chart, The Hitman’s Bodyguard opens with £1.98m from 467 cinemas, including preview takings of £367,000. While 2017 has been light on action comedy hits for adult audiences, the Ryan Reynolds/Samuel L Jackson team-up, rated 15 for language and bloody violence, filled a gap in the market.
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- Charles Gant
The Hellboy Reboot Has Added A Deadpool Star
It's hard to believe it, but a new Hellboy project is becoming more of a reality as time goes on. Even better is the fact that the Neil Marshall directed film is pulling in a fantastic cast, with genre favorites like Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, and David K. Harbour all playing important parts in Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. But hold on, because a new fan favorite character is joining the B.P.R.D., and he's being played by Deadpool's Ed Skrein. Prepare for the big screen debut of Major Ben Daimio. »
Exclusive ‘Boomtown’ Trailer: Oil Fields Offer A Better Life
Almost every industry over the past few years has felt the impact of the buckling economy, so when opportunities to make good money arrive, people will travel to work. North Dakota in particular has seen an influx of citizens headed to the oil fields and the new drama “Boomtown” unfolds against the backdrop of that difficult life. And today we have the exclusive trailer.
Written and directed by Sabyn Mayfield, and starring Boyd Holbrook, Dwight Yoakum, Rachel Brosnahan, Tyler Riggs, and Jocelyn Donahue, the story follows John “Jt” Turner who, struggling to make ends meet, leaves his young family behind to pursue a gruelling, yet highly coveted, job in a booming oil town.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lionsgate Promotes Kerry Phelan to President of Global Franchise Management
Tim Palen, the studio’s chief brand officer and president of worldwide marketing, made the announcement Tuesday. Phelan, who has been an exec VP of global franchise management and strategic partnerships, reports to Palen.
Lionsgate said that since Phelan came on board in 2014, she has helped leverage the company’s portfolio of film and television properties across multiple platforms and created significant new incremental business for the studio.
Film properties including “The Hunger Games,” “Twilight,” and “Now You See Me” franchises are being exploited at the Lionsgate Movie World outdoor theme park in Korea, the Lionsgate Entertainment World indoor theme park currently in development in China, and multiple indoor Lionsgate Entertainment City centers planned for high-traffic consumer destinations in the U.S. »
- Dave McNary
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