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Emma Stone and Alicia Vikander set for rival Agatha Christie biopics

8 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Paramount is believed to be courting the Amazing Spider-Man actor, while Sony has reportedly sounded out the Danish Girl star

The Danish Girl star Alicia Vikander and The Amazing Spider-Man’s Emma Stone have both been lined up to play a young Agatha Christie in biopics being developed at rival Hollywood studios.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Vikander has been approached by Sony to play the celebrated crime author in her formative years as a “proto-feminist” unhappy with traditional wife-and-mother expectations. Stone, on the other hand, has been pencilled in for Paramount’s take on Christie’s “missing” 11 days in 1926 – a subject already covered in Michael Apted’s 1979 film Agatha, which starred Vanessa Redgrave and Dustin Hoffman.

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Bet Awards Winners: ‘Straight Outta Compton’, Beyonce, Michael B. Jordan & More

13 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Tonight at the Bet Awards, Straight Outta Compton took home the award for Best Movie, with Creed star Michael B. Jordan winning Best Actor. Beyonce also won, multiple times as it turns out, for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Video of the Year, Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award, and the Centric Award. In addition, the evening’s highlights include a riveting speech by Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams, a tribute to Prince, and an amazing opening performance by Beyonce and… »


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John Boyega Hints at Upcoming Collaboration with ‘Attack the Block’ Director Joe Cornish

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John Boyega has awakened. After his breakthrough performance in the latest “Star Wars” film, everyone’s favorite stormtrooper-turned-Resistance fighter was recently cast in both the upcoming sequel to “Pacific Rim” and Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled film about the Detroit riots of 1967. In a semi-cryptic tweet, Boyega has hinted at another collaboration with “Attack the Block” director Joe Cornish.

Read More: John Boyega To Star In Kathryn Bigelow’s Untitled Detroit Crime Drama

“Saw Joe Cornish the other day. Yes. We are brainstorming. #somethingnew,” the actor wrote yesterday. A cult favorite from 2011 that put Boyega on the map and saw him nominated for several first-time-performer awards, the sci-fi horror/comedy project wasn’t financially successful upon its initial release but amassed favorable reviews — and, not long later, a substantial following online.

Read More: John Boyega Will Play Lead Role In ‘Pacific Rim 2’

No details on the potential project are officially available, »


- Michael Nordine

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Warner Bros. Wants Justin Lin to Direct the Live-Action ‘Akira’ Adaptation

26 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

For years, Warner Bros. has desperately been trying to figure out how to make a live-action adaptation of the iconic cyberpunk manga Akira. There have been various iterations of the project over the years, but the most recent attempt may finally get some traction. A report surfaced a year ago this month that Warner Bros. […]

The post Warner Bros. Wants Justin Lin to Direct the Live-Action ‘Akira’ Adaptation appeared first on /Film. »


- Ethan Anderton

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Asa Butterfield’s ‘Space Between Us’ Set for December

13 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stx Entertainment has moved Asa Butterfield’s space saga “The Space Between Us” four months from Aug. 19  to Dec. 21.

The sci-fi adventure is launching five days after Disney opens “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

The Space Between Us” is directed by Peter Chelsom from a script by Allan Loeb from a story by Stewart Schill, Richard Barton Lewis and Allan Loeb. The film also stars Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, and Carla Gugino.

The film, which was shot last fall in New Mexico, centers on the first human born on Mars traveling to Earth for the first time and embarking on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be. But the space program wants to send him back to Mars, since his body can’t handle Earth’s environment.

Space” will open against Sony’s “Passengers,” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as voyagers »


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‘Independence Day Resurgence’ Lands With $100M Overseas Start; ‘Dory’ Nears $400M Ww – Intl Box Office Final

21 minutes ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Update, Writethru, Monday final 12:50 Pm Pst: Still awaiting Paramount and Lionsgate, but we can report that Fox’s Independence Day Resurgence landed with a lesser than expected $100.1M start (down from the $102.13M Sunday estimate) overseas to take the No. 1 spot at the international box office this weekend. Roland Emmerich’s 20-years-later sequel invaded 58 markets and was tops in 40, including Korea and Mexico, and several South East Asian hubs. Its biggest competition… »


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Sony Pictures Taps Jake Zim to Oversee Virtual Reality Slate

23 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures has tapped Jake Zim to oversee its slate of virtual reality content. He will serve in the newly created position of senior vice president, virtual reality.

His promotion comes as studios are looking for ways to exploit the emergence of these immersive, multimedia experiences as a way of complementing their theatrical and home entertainment business. The hope is that the new technology can deepen audiences’ involvement with major film franchises, leading to new sources of revenue at a time when the domestic box office has stagnated and DVD revenues have dwindled.

It’s also the latest in a series of leadership changes at Sony. Last week, Variety broke the news that president of domestic marketing, Dwight Caines, will be replaced by Christine Birch. Earlier this month, Sony TV chairman Steve Mosko and Motion Picture Group President Doug Belgrad both left the company. Mosko’s destination remains unknown, while »


- Brent Lang

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Rumor: ‘Fast Five’ & ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Director Justin Lin Courted To Direct ‘Akira’

31 minutes ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Like an unkillable, unstoppable, unwanted monster in a direct-to-video horror movie sequel, the potential “Akira” remake just keeps on coming. The original Katsuhiro Otomo film is now nearly thirty years old, and it sometimes feels like Hollywood has been attempting to remake it for as much time as that (though Warner Bros. have only had […]

The post Rumor: ‘Fast Five’ & ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Director Justin Lin Courted To Direct ‘Akira’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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SeriesFest: How To Make an Indie TV Pilot

35 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The demand for original television programming is sky-rocketing and doesn’t appear to be coming down any time soon. From the explosion of subscription services like Netflix and Hulu, to websites and brands looking to step into the original content game, to the continued expansion of scripted and unscripted programming on dozens of cable channels, outlets are desperately looking for original content that can stand-out in the abundance of programming now available to consumers.

Out of this demand has emerged a new way for creatives to break into TV: the Dyi pilot. Instead of writing a spec and trying to break into TV the old fashion way, content creators are following the path independent filmmakers and shooting low budget pilots that serve as proofs of concept for a hungry TV industry hoping to find the next “High Maintenance.”

Read More: SeriesFest – There’s a Diy Way to Break into TV »


- Chris O'Falt and Sarah Colvin

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Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group Appoints Virtual Reality Point Person As Vr Becomes The New Art Form

40 minutes ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Jake Zim has just been named senior VP of virtual reality by Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman, tasked with “building a slate of narrative Vr content” for the film group. He will work closely with Kuni Suzuki, Evp for Strategic Corporate Initiatives at Sony Entertainment and a team of professionals from across Sony Pictures who are dedicated to the production and distribution of virtual reality (Vr). Sony’s move into Vr comes after Google and Imax… »


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Cinemark Wins Dismissal Of Colorado Theater Shooting Liability Case

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Just more than a month after it escaped liability in state court for the fatal 2012 Colorado theater shooting at its Aurora Century 16 multiplex, Cinemark has seen a similar case tossed out of federal court. "The Court concludes that a reasonable jury could not plausibly find that Cinemark's actions or inactions were a substantial factor in causing this tragedy," U.S. District Judge R. Brook Jackson wrote late last week in his ruling (read it here). "Therefore, as a… »

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Kyle Chandler Is the Supple Spine of ‘Bloodline’ (Emmy Video)

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Bloodline” Season 2, now streaming on Netflix, is a must-see. And much of the credit goes to its star, Kyle Chandler.

From “Damages” creators Todd and Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman, the feverish Florida neo-noir is a dysfunctional family drama that reveals how and why three siblings would turn on their oldest brother (Ben Mendelsohn). The writers were fascinated by the roles taken on by each member of a family, from the black sheep to the fixer. When volatile wild card Danny Rayburn re-enters the scene, he disrupts the Rayburn family, led by its hotelier and matriarch (Sissy Spacek) and local detective John Rayburn (Chandler). (Mendelsohn and Chandler both scored acting Emmy nominations for Season 1.)

In Season 2, John and his two agitated siblings (Linda Cardellini and Norbert Leo Butz) must deal with the aftermath of Danny’s murder. Danny haunts them in more ways than one, not only messing with their heads, »


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Kyle Chandler Is the Supple Spine of ‘Bloodline’ (Emmy Video)

50 minutes ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Bloodline” Season 2, now streaming on Netflix, is a must-see. And much of the credit goes to its star, Kyle Chandler.

From “Damages” creators Todd and Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman, the feverish Florida neo-noir is a dysfunctional family drama that reveals how and why three siblings would turn on their oldest brother (Ben Mendelsohn). The writers were fascinated by the roles taken on by each member of a family, from the black sheep to the fixer. When volatile wild card Danny Rayburn re-enters the scene, he disrupts the Rayburn family, led by its hotelier and matriarch (Sissy Spacek) and local detective John Rayburn (Chandler). (Mendelsohn and Chandler both scored acting Emmy nominations for Season 1.)

In Season 2, John and his two agitated siblings (Linda Cardellini and Norbert Leo Butz) must deal with the aftermath of Danny’s murder. Danny haunts them in more ways than one, not only messing with their heads, »


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Nicolas Winding Refn Suggests ‘Barbarella’ Show Isn’t Happening; Admits To Meetings About ‘Bond’ & ‘Wonder Woman’

1 hour ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Intellectual property is a tricky thing in Hollywood. It’s really all the studios want to make, whether it’s an adaptation of a well-known video game, a remake, a comic book property, a popular, best-selling book or some form of branded entertainment. I.P. drives Hollywood and informs nearly all of its decisions. But as 2016 has […]

The post Nicolas Winding Refn Suggests ‘Barbarella’ Show Isn’t Happening; Admits To Meetings About ‘Bond’ & ‘Wonder Woman’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

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Sk Global, Korea's Cj team on 'Super Fan'

1 hour ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Us and Korean companies will co-finance and co-produce the feature about a Korean follower of a Us baseball team.

Sk Global has signed a co-financing and co-producing deal with Korea’s Cj E&M for Super Fan, a feature based on the true story of a Korean baseball fan Sungwoo Lee (pictured) who became a celebrity in Kansas because of his passionate devotion to the Us city’s team.

Sk Global is a joint venture between Los Angeles-based Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Ivanhoe Pictures, whose The Wailing (made with Fox International Productions) recently premiered at Cannes and had a number one opening in South Korea.

The Super Fan screenplay is being written by Young Il Kim.

Ivanhoe/Sk Global president John Penotti said: “We are very excited about this terrific, heart-warming story, a tale of two cultures linked by a shared passion, and social media. We couldn’t have a better partner for this project than Cj »


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‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ Competing Project Surfaces With Chinese Backing

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Exclusive: Bryan Singer recently got the green light to bring 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to the big screen via Fox but now comes word that another film based on the Jules Verne’s popular novel of the same name has bubbled up — and this one has Chinese backing. Bliss Media told Deadline that it will produce and finance their own 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea which they say already has a deal in place to release in China. Christophe Gans (Beauty and the Beast, Silent Hill… »


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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Finale Review Roundup: Critics Praise ‘The Winds of Winter,’ But Think it Lacks ‘The Art of Discussion’

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Game of Thrones” has shifted the landscape of television over its six-season run. Playing a violent, intricate and shocking game, the show’s momentum has been at full speed this season, with many thinking it may be the best season so far. A season, however, is oftentimes only as good as its finale, which the critics evaluated after last night’s “The Winds of Winter.”

Read More: Review: The ‘Game of Thrones’ ‘BastardBowl’ Brings About A Whole New World Order

NPR’s Eric Deggans gave the finale an A in a review for IndieWire, praising the show’s handling of women this season. Whereas last season was filled with critique on the subject, Deggans noted that “this season turned out to be a showcase for all the powerful women in the story — epitomized by where all the characters are left by the closing moments on Sunday’s episode.”

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15-Minute Video Essay Explores The Gothic Romance Of ‘Hannibal’

1 hour ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The experience of watching “Hannibal” is somewhat akin to ingesting a visual narcotic. It’s not the kind of show where plausibility is of paramount importance, but rather, where sensation and mood is practically everything. One of the best things about Bryan Fuller’s hellacious television adaptation of everybody’s favorite cultured people-eater (played by Mads Mikkelsen in […]

The post 15-Minute Video Essay Explores The Gothic Romance Of ‘Hannibal’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Shout takes 'Blinky Bill' for North America

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Shout! Factory has acquired a package of rights to the Australian animated feature and plans a multi-platform release.

Shout! Factory has picked up Australian animated feature Blinky Bill: The Movie for North America from Munich-based sales agency Studio 100 Film.

With a package of exclusive rights including theatrical, broadcast, video-on-demand, digital and home entertainment, Shout! Factory plans a strategic launch of the film across multiple platforms through its Shout! Factory Kids imprint.

Produced by Studio 100’s Sydney-based animation studio Flying Bark Productions, Blinky Bill: The Movie has a voice cast headed by Ryan Kwanten, Rufus Sewell, Toni Collette and David Wenham. It tells the story of mischievous koala Bill’s search for his dad in the outback, in the company of a zoo koala and a frill-necked lizard. Deane Taylor directed and Alexs Stadermann co-directed.

Introduced in a 1933 book series, the character has appeared in 1992 film Blinky Bill, The Mischievous »


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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’: Crafting Those Wacky Songs (Emmy Watch)

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” songs brilliantly serve as the emotional highs and lows for Rachel Bloom’s Rebecca in her pursuit of love for all the wrong reasons.  And the secret to their success is the great chemistry between co-creator-songwriter-star Bloom, co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna (“The Devil Wears Prada” scribe) and songwriters Jack Dolgen and Adam Schlesinger, who also serves as executive music producer.

“The Sexy Getting Ready Song” from the pilot became the staple for the series in upending a conventional ritual. “We’re looking at the contradictions and ridiculousness of what women have been told about what’s necessary to be acceptable,” explained McKenna, who recommended the song as a horrific event when Rebecca prepares for a party encounter with ex-boyfriend Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III).

“It’s like the musical genre is the straight man,” added Bloom. “And what we say within the genre is the joke. The contrast »


- Bill Desowitz

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