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'Crazy, Stupid, Love' Filmmakers to Write, Direct Joker and Harley Quinn Movie (Exclusive)

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Who’s laughing now?

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, directors and executive producers of the hit NBC drama This Is Us and who also wrote and helmed the 2011 film Crazy, Stupid, Love, are entering the DC cinematic universe at Warner Bros.

The duo are in final negotiations to pen and helm an untitled movie project centering on Batman villains Joker and Harley Quinn.

Jared Leto and Margot Robbie are due to reprise their roles as the villains, among the most popular characters in the DC pantheon and which they first portrayed in 2016’s Suicide Squad.

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Will Ferrell to Star in ‘The 100 Year-Old Man’

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Will Ferrell is producing and starring in the CBS Films comedy “The 100 Year-Old Man.”

The project is based on bestselling author Jonas Jonasson’s “The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.”

Ferrell is producing the film with partners Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum via their Gary Sanchez shingle alongside Andy Licht and NiceFLX Pictures’ Pontus Edgren and Mikael Wallen. Felix Herngren and Henrik Jansson-Schweizer will serve as executive producers, and Joshua Mehr will co-produce.

Jason George (“Narcos”) is set to write the screenplay. No director is yet attached. »


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‘The Batman’ Director Matt Reeves: ‘It’s a Standalone, It’s Not Part of the Extended Universe’

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Matt Reeves, director of the upcoming “The Batman,” says the film won’t be a part of the DC Extended Universe that includes the Justice League and Wonder Woman, but rather a standalone Bat-story. In an interview with Los Angeles’ KCRW, the filmmaker said: “Well, I have a vision for a way to do something with that character that feels like it resonates with me personally, and a perspective that can grow out into other things. When they approached me, what they said was ‘look, it’s a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe.'” The filmmaker has previously said he. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Robert Zemeckis, Jeff Rake Score Put Pilot Order for Missing Plane Mystery Series at NBC

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Robert Zemeckis and Jeff Rake have gotten a put pilot order at NBC for a new series that centers around a plane that mysteriously disappeared, Variety has confirmed.

The series, currently titled “Manifest,” follows the passengers of a plane that disappeared from radar and returns five years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea. No time has passed for those on the plane but, for their loved ones at home, a long five years have gone by.

Rake will executive produce and write. Zemeckis will executive produces through his Compari Entertainment banner Compari’s Jack Rapke will also executive produce, while Compari’s Jackie Levine will co-executive produce. Warner Bros. Television, where Zemeckis is set up under an overall deal, will produce. Zemeckis and Rake are repped by Wme.

This is Zemeckis’ second put pilot order in the past few weeks, with ABC giving out such an order for a “Jetsons” live action series that »


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‘Student’ Director Kirill Serebrennikov Put Under House Arrest in Russia

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Acclaimed Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov has been put under house arrest in Russia pending trial on charges of embezzling state funds. The filmmaker, whose 2016 film “The Student” won the Francois Chalais award in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, was arrested in St. Peterburg on Tuesday where he was shooting a new movie about Soviet singer-songwriter Viktor Tsoi.

Appearing in a Moscow court Wednesday, Serebrennikov found his request to be freed on bail rejected despite character-witness statements on his behalf from a number of Russian actors and directors, including Fedor Bondarchuk. Serebrennikov pleaded innocent to the charges and told the court he needed to “finish filming a movie.”

The decision means he will not be able to return to work on his biopic of rock star Tsoi and is banned from communicating with anyone aside from close relatives and his legal team without investigators’ approval. »


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‘Bad Boys 3’ Update: Martin Lawrence Says Movie Won’t Happen After All

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Although both Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have claimed they are close to beginning production on “Bad Boys 3,” the latter now thinks the film won’t happen after all.

“I don’t think we’re going to get one, not the way everything’s turning out,” Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly. “Will is off doing another movie, and I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Last year, Smith teased a third film in the “Bad Boys” franchise, telling TheWrap it was “very close” to happening. He said that he and Lawrence make “one a decade.” In 2014, Lawrence also »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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George R.R. Martin Says He’s Too Busy to Watch ‘Game of Thrones’

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Warning: There are major spoilers below for “Game of Thrones,” up to Season 7.

Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin has been so busy with writing and touring that he hasn’t had the time to sit down and watch the show.

In an interview with Metro, the author revealed what he’s been up to lately, gave a non-update on “The Winds of Winter” (it’s still happening) and gave some insight into how the show will differ from future books. That includes some characters who died in the show that are still alive at this point in the books. »


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David Oyelowo Joins Doug Liman's 'Chaos Walking'

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David Oyelowo is the latest actor to join Doug Liman's Chaos Walking.

The post-apocalyptic thriller has amassed an A-list cast of talent that includes Nick Jonas, Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, as well as Mads Mikkelsen, who will play the villain in the project alongside Oyelowo.

Adapted from a book by Patrick Ness, Chaos Walking take place on a planet colony where almost all women have been killed by a virus and all living creatures are struck by The Noise, a virus that inflicts immersive visions of one's every thought. The story follows a guy (Holland) who discovers a girl (Ridley) who may be »


- Mia Galuppo

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Sanfic: Argentine Director Martin Desalvo Discusses Putting his Country’s Hidden History on Screen in ‘Unit 15, Jailbreak’

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Santiago De Chile — Crime and punishment have been well represented at this year’s Sanfic Santiago Intl. Film Festival, which runs through Aug. 26. Many of the films screened, and others still in production, tell histories or fictions of prisoners, spies, corrupt governments or theft. The Sanfic Wip selection playing on this theme is the Argentinian period prison-drama “Unit 15, The Jailbreak.”

The film was produced by Magma Cine, a producer on Argentina’s most recent Oscar submission “The Distinguished Citizen” which won best actor (Oscar Martínez) at Venice, and took home the Spanish Academy Goya for best Ibero-American film, as well as sweeping best film, actor (Martinez), and screenplay at July’s Platino Ibero-American Film Awards.

Co-funding for “Unit 14, Jailbreak” was provided by Incaa, the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts in Argentina, which also holds the Argentine TV rights for the film.

Playing in black and white, the film is based on the historical account of »


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Oscars: Germany Selects 'In the Fade' for Foreign-Language Category

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Germany has picked Fatih Akin's terrorist drama In the Fade to represent the country in the 2018 Oscars in the foreign language category.

Diane Kruger made her German-language acting debut in the film, playing a German woman whose Kurdish husband and child are killed in an xenophobic terrorist attack. She picked up the best actress award in Cannes for her performance. The story was inspired by real-life neo-Nazi attacks on ethnic Turks and other minorities living in Germany.

Akin is an established figure on the German arthouse scene —his hard-hitting drama Head-On won the Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear in »


- Scott Roxborough

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Priest Scandal Telenovela Drives Chile’s Mega TV to Ratings High

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Santiago De Chile – Thanks to six hours a day of telenovelas, stripped Mondays to Fridays, Chilean broadcaster Mega TV has dominated the country’s television landscape over the past three years. But one particular telenovela has gripped this country of some 17 million inhabitants, driving Mega TV’s ratings to historical levels.

“Perdona Nuestros Pecados” (“Forgive Us Our Sins”) has generated average ratings of 27.4 in its 10 p.m. time slot, nearly triple that of competing programs on its next biggest rival, Canal 13. Credit also goes to a newish executive team, led by CEO Patricio Hernandez, who joined the company in 2013; head of content Patricia Bazan; production and operations chief Andrea Dell’Orto; and Juan Ignacio Vicente, head of content and international Business. Before the new team took over, Mega TV’s average rating was 4.3 in 2013, compared to its current average of 11.2, said Vicente.

In June 2016, Discovery Communications acquired a 27.5% stake in the channel, which »


- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Red Apollo Launches Saga Films as Pan-Asia Distributor (Exclusive)

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Los Angeles-based China distributor and buyers’ rep firm, Red Apollo is launching Saga Films. The new company will specialize in handling rights in China and the pan-Asia markets.

The company was founded by Red Apollo’s Rick Zhang Yifeng and is operated by film sales veteran Brett Lauter, as VP of global sales & acquisitions. Lauter was previously with companies including Entertainment Properties, Aaaa Entertainment, and Pan Global Entertainment, and post-production services company, Contact Video.

Saga has financial backing from Lens Media, parent of Red Apollo. The new venture starts life with a seven-film supply deal from Zdf Enterprises, part of German public broadcaster Zdf. It expects to be present at the major autumn film trade events including the Toronto festival and the American Film Market.

“We see Red Apollo as handling acquisitions from the U.S. and Europe. Saga complements that as the pan-Asia distributor,” Lauter told Variety. “In contrast to U.S. »


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‘America’s Got Talent’ live results 2 recap: Which of the 7 acts that advanced is likeliest to win? [Poll]

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“America’s Got Talent” aired the second live results show of season 12 on Wednesday (Aug. 23). Seven of the 12 acts that performed on Tuesday’s “Agt” quarterfinal found out that they are moving on to the semi-finals in several weeks time. Do you think that any of these lucky seven, which includes all four of […] »

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BBC Orders Scottish Dramas, Plus New True-Life Drama on London Serial Killer

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The BBC has ordered up a new true-life drama about a London serial killer from the team behind British ratings sensation “The Moorside,” along with two new Scottish dramas for flagship channel BBC One. Charlotte Moore, the broadcaster’s director of content, announced the new commissions Thursday at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival.

“The Barking Murders” will be a new three-part factual drama from Jeff Pope (“Philomena”) and Neil McKay, the team behind “The Moorside,” which broke BBC viewing records for a new drama earlier this year. “The Moorside” (pictured), starring Sheridan Smith, dramatized the 2008 search for a missing British schoolgirl. “The Barking Murders” will tell the story of convicted serial killer Stephen Port from the point of view of the families of his four victims, focusing on the fight to uncover the truth about the deaths.

McKay said of the project: “Four young men with their entire future ahead of them lost their lives in a »


- Robert Mitchell and Henry Chu

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Film Fans Win Shareholder Battle at Germany's Constantin

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The film geeks have beaten the jocks at Germany's Constantin Medien.

Two factions, each representing sizable shares in the company, have been struggling for more than a year over the company's long-term strategy.

One group, lead by executive Dieter Hahn, wanted to the group to spin off its film business —Constantin is one of Europe's leading producers, with local-language hits such as Fack Ju Goethe and Look Who's Back as well as international titles including the Resident Evil franchise—to focus on its smaller, but more profitable, sports business. Constantin owns Sport 1, a German Espn-style TV channel, and Team, the »


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Haugesund: ’Skam’ Actor to Play in Erotic Thriller (Exclusive)

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Norwegian director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken (“Cave”) has attached “Skam” actor and teen heartthrob Tarjei Sandvik Moe for his film, “An Affair.”

In the Norwegian film, which is currently filming in Oslo, the 18-year-old Sandvik Moe plays a student who is having an affair with his 44 year-old female teacher, played by Andrea Bræin Hovig (“I Belong”).

Dahlsbakken told Variety: “It’s an erotic thriller about a newly appointed teacher who finds herself being followed, before discovering that one of her own students is obsessed with her.” He explained that the student-teacher romance is a topic that he’s wanted to tackle for years, until he found an approach that he felt was “original and fresh.”

The writer-director, who had Bræin Hovig in mind when he wrote the script, said he is proud to have reunited on screen “two of Norway’s greatest talents.” He said: “The chemistry between them is truly astonishing, and »


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Darci Lynne Farmer (‘America’s Got Talent’): When does ventriloquist girl with puppets return to ‘Agt’?

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Many people who turned into “America’s Got Talent” 2017 this week found themselves wondering the same thing: Where was the ventriloquist girl with puppets, Darci Lynne Farmer? Don’t worry, “Agt” fans! Farmer will be back live on the reality TV show as soon as the current Quarterfinals wrap up next Tuesday and Wednesday, August 29 […] »

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Lucasfilm Launching 'Star Wars' Augmented Reality Treasure Hunt

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Star Wars fans are already adept at hunting for Easter eggs in movies and scouring the Internet for any scrap of information about the next installment in the franchise. Soon that treasure hunting skill is going to come in handy in the real world (well, technically in the real world).

Disney and Lucasfilm are launching a new augmented reality event that will allow fans to search for Star Wars characters using their smartphones and the Star Wars app. the game, called Find the Force, hits Sept. 1 on Force Friday II, the massive product launch tied to December's Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Studiocanal Poaches Thierry Lacaze From Wild Bunch to Head Distribution in France (Exclusive)

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Studiocanal, the Vivendi-owned pan-European film and TV group, has appointed Thierry Lacaze to the position of head of theatrical, video and VOD distribution in France.

Lacaze is currently working at Wild Bunch, where he has been in charge of distribution since 2013. The well-seasoned executive previously worked at Pathe Distribution as head of marketing.

Lacaze will report to Géraldine Gendre, head of Studiocanal’s production and distribution in France, and will begin his new job in September. He succeeds Francois Clerc, who stepped down from Studiocanal in July to launch his new production and distribution outfit, Apollo Films.

During his tenure at Wild Bunch, Lacaze has worked on a mix of mainstream comedies and dramas, as well as auteur films. Some movies released under his leadership include “The Odyssey” and “Nicholas on Holiday.”

At Studiocanal, Lacaze will play a strategic role, overseeing both theatrical and video/VOD, which were previously handled by two different executives.

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Haugesund: Izer Aliu Hires ‘Taken’ Actor for Heist Movie (Exclusive)

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Haugesund, Norway — Amanda winner and Nordic Council Film Prize Norwegian nominee Izer Aliu has attached Arben Bajraktaraj (“Taken”) to star in “Teacher Izat and the Lottery Heist.” LevelK is handling international sales.

Albanian-born, Norway-based writer-director Aliu was just bestowed at Haugesund’s Norwegian Intl. Film Festival, with the Amanda award for best director for his feature debut “Hunting Flies,” also nominated for the coveted Nordic Council Film Prize for 2017.

Set in Kosovo, his third film, with the working title of “Teacher Izat and the Lottery Heist “ mixes for the first time a string of local non-professional and profesional actors. Besides Arben Bajraktaraj (“Taken”, “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1”), cast also includes Alihajdaraj (“Agnus Dei”) and well-known Kosovo actor-producer Naser Rafuna.

Using “Hunting Flies” techniques of improvisation to catch a spontaneity in acting, the crime drama will challenge the traditions of genre cinema and question the true meaning of friendship.

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- Annika Pham

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