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Tom Hardy to Star in Bosnian War Movie ‘My War Gone By, I Miss It So’ (Exclusive)

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

Tom Hardy will produce and star in the Bosnian War movie “My War Gone By, I Miss It So,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film is based on the 1999 book of the same name by Anthony Lloyd, an English journalist and war correspondent. Gavin O’Connor is attached to direct and produce, along with Scott Lastaiti, who launched Palantir Group as an entertainment fund last year.

“My War Gone By, I Miss It So” is Lloyd’s personal account of the Bosnian War, and alternates between his experiences in Bosnia and personal reflections of his time in the British army, his parents’ divorce, his estrangement from his father, and his heroin addiction.

“‘My War Gone By’ is a brutal yet sensitive story which addresses both the nature of addiction and the experience of war,” Hardy said. “I was struck by Anthony’s work and words, experiences, and for me his is an important voice and an important »

- Dave McNary

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‘Shot Caller’ Director Boards ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Sequel ‘Angel Has Fallen’ (Exclusive)

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

Ric Roman Waugh will direct the next installment in the “Olympus Has Fallen” series, “Angel Has Fallen” starring Gerard Butler.

Butler returns as secret service agent Mike Banning and Morgan Freeman is also on board to reprise his role.

Butler will produce with his partner Alan Siegel at their G-base production banner, alongside Danielle Robinson. Millennium Entertainment’s John Thompson, Matt O’Toole, and Les Weldon will also produce, with Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, and Boaz Davidson exec producing.

Olympus Has Fallen” bowed in 2013, grossing $170.3 million worldwide, including $98.9 million at the domestic box office. The sequel, “London Has Fallen,” did even better overseas, earning $205.8 million worldwide, leading Millennium to move forward on a third installment.

After saving the president in the first two pics, secret service agent Banning himself becomes the target of terrorists, this time while mid-flight on Air Force One.

Insiders say Butler has been a fan of Waugh’s work since seeing his first »

- Justin Kroll

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Nicholas Hoult in Early Talks to Play Young J.R.R. Tolkien

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

In the latest installment of Nicholas Hoult plays-young-versions-of-famous-authors, the English actor is set to portray J.R.R. Tolkien.

Hoult, who stars as a young J.D. Salinger in upcoming biopic Rebel in the Rye, is in early talks to play a young Tolkien in Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment's Tolkien.

Tolkien was the architect of Middle-earth, having written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings book series that were later adapted into two Hollywood trilogies from Peter Jackson.

Tolkien, written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford, will take place at the outset of WWI and follow the orphaned author as he befriends »

- Mia Galuppo

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'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Returning to Theaters for 40th Anniversary

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

Movie audiences are getting another close encounter.

Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind is hitting theaters for one week beginning Sept. 1 in honor of the film's 40th anniversary. Sony Pictures has remastered the director's cut in 4K for theaters in the U.S. and Canada. It will have its world premiere in the Venezia Classici section of the Venice Film Festival.

Close Encounters, released in December 1977, stars Richard Dreyfuss as a line worker who has a close encounter with an alien intelligence and feels drawn to a wilderness area where something important will soon happen. The film also stars Melinda Dillon and François »

- Aaron Couch

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Melissa McCarthy to Star in ‘Super-Intelligence’ From ‘The Boss’ Co-Writer

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New Line has landed the spec “Super-Intelligence” from Steve Mallory who co-wrote “The Boss” with Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. McCarthy is attached to star.

Falcone will direct as well as produce along with McCarthy via their On the Day banner.

The spec is another high-concept action, unconventional buddy comedy, like McCarthy’s “The Heat” and “Spy,” but this time set against the phenomena of technological singularity.

Mallory, McCarthy and Falcone have a history of working together, most recently teaming on the Universal comedy “The Boss,” which grossed $78.8 million worldwide.

New Line also is releasing upcoming comedy “Life of the Party,” which stars McCarthy and is helmed by Falcone. The film is set to bow on May 11, 2018.

Mallory is represented by Mgmt and Jamie Feldman at Lichter Grossman.

McCarthy will soon be seen in Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me” for Fox Searchlight which was written by Nicole Holofcener and is attached to produce and »

- Justin Kroll

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Johnny Depp's 'Richard Says Goodbye' Fills Out Cast

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

The comedy-drama Richard Says Goodbye starring Johnny Depp is rounding out its cast with Danny Huston, Rosemarie DeWitt, Zoey DeutchDevon Terrell and Odessa Young.

The film, which is currently shooting in Vancouver, is written and directed by Wayne Roberts (Katie Says Goodbye). It follows the story of Richard (Depp), a world-weary college professor who is given a life-changing diagnosis and decides to throw all pretense and conventions to the wind and live his life as boldly and freely as possible with a biting sense of humor, a reckless streak, and a touch of madness. 

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik Entertainment and Im Global’s president of production Greg »

- Rebecca Ford

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Toronto Film Festival Books Films From George Clooney, Guillermo del Toro, Angelina Jolie

14 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” and Andy Serkis’ directorial debut “Breathe” are among the films that will screen at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced at a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday. Those films will bring such stars as Matt Damon (“Suburbicon” and “Downsizing”), Jennifer Lawrence (“mother!”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”) and Andrew Garfield (“Breathe”) to Toronto, along with dozens of others in the additional films announced in the Galas and Special Screening sections. »

- Steve Pond

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‘Wonder Woman 2’ Gets 2019 Release Date

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In a surprise to absolutely no one, Wonder Woman 2 is 100% happening, and Warner Bros. has now officially announced a release date. The film will hit theaters on December 13, 2019, which is a change of pace from the summer release of the first film. That puts it opening one week before the Masters of the Universe reboot and a little over a week before the highly anticipated musical adaptation Wicked, but as of now Wonder Woman 2 is the only superhero movie set for release in December of that year. Warner Bros.' announcement for Wonder Woman 2 does … »

- Adam Chitwood

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‘Wonder Woman 2’ Officially Scheduled For 2019

2 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well, we all expected it, and some had hoped it would be announced at San Diego Comic Con. Either way, Warner Bros. and DC Films aren’t messing around, and getting the sequel to “Wonder Woman” headed to the big screen as soon as possible.

“Wonder Woman 2” has been officially set for a December 13, 2019 release date.

Continue reading ‘Wonder Woman 2’ Officially Scheduled For 2019 at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Wonder Woman 2’ Gets 2019 Release Date

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

Warner Bros. has set Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman 2” for release on Dec. 13, 2019.

The studio made the announcement early Tuesday evening.

Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins, has been an outsize hit for the studio with $389 million in domestic grosses after 53 days, and another $390 million from international markets.

Warner Bros. previously announced an “untitled event film” for the Dec. 13, 2019, slot. “Wonder Woman 2” is the first title to land on the date.

Variety reported on June 20 that Jenkins was already working on a script for the sequel with Geoff Johns, who oversees the DC film universe along with Jon Berg for Warner Bros.

“Patty and I are writing the treatment right now,” Johns said in an interview at the time. “The goal is to make another great ‘Wonder Woman’ film.”

Johns said that he “had a blast” working with Jenkins on the first “Wonder Woman” and that the pair already have a “cool idea” for the »

- Dave McNary

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‘Wonder Woman 2’ Gets 2019 Release Date

3 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Diana Prince has a Christmas gift for you — but you can’t peek for 2 1/2 years. Warner Bros said today that its sequel Wonder Woman 2 starring Gal Gadot will crash into megaplexes and Imax theaters on December 13, 2019. No director is set for Round 2. The studio had announced its DC slate at Comic-Con over the weekend, but no WW2 date was announced. Warners had staked that date for “Untitled WB Event Film III.” The flick has that date to itself for now, But Sony’s Masters… »

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Indie Entertainment, Butcher Brothers, Orama Teaming on ‘Star Light’

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Horror veterans Jeffrey Allard of Indie Entertainment, Mitchell Altieri of the Butcher Brothers, and Orama Filmworks are teaming to develop and produce a feature slate, starting with “Star Light,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The independent film slate will be financed by private equity, and is currently looking to produce three or four features a year. The filmmakers teamed on vampire comedy “The Night Watchmen,” which was the first title at last year’s Fantasia Fest to be sold to a distributor.

Gravitas Ventures is planning to release “The Night Watchmen” in the late fall with worldwide rights being sold through Automatic Entertainment.

“Star Light” is set to shoot this September in Kentucky with Lee Cummings directing the story of a teen whose life is turned upside down when he helps a world-famous pop star on the run from her violent pursuers. Altieri, Allard, and Cheryl Staurulakis will produce with Leo Staurulakis and Andrew Mardirous executive producing. Mardirous »

- Dave McNary

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Poll: What’s Your Favorite Stephen King Adaptation?

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

For the past several decades, Stephen King has remained prolific, churning out hit novel after hit novel — and Hollywood can thank him for that.

More than 50 projects have been made based on King’s work, and there’s still plenty more to come. In fact, just in 2017, the author has three projects based on his work hitting screens. Next up, he has “Mr. Mercedes” premiering on Audience network, and “The Dark Tower,” starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, hitting theaters on Aug. 4.


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Also coming up this year: the highly anticipated adaptation of “It,” bowing on Sept. 8. It’s the latest adaptation of “It,” one of his most popular books. It also inspired a minseries in 1990.

With that in mind, let’s look back at some of the most famous King properties. While the author himself famously isn’t a fan, “The Shining,” starring Jack Nicholson, remains »

- Variety Staff

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‘Mr. Mercedes’: Stephen King Novel’s Terror Threat Won’t Echo Manchester Concert Attack

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The Manchester, UK, terror attack this past May eerily mirrored a similar event in Stephen King’s novel “Mr. Mercedes.” Producers behind Audience Network’s upcoming adaptation of the novel confirmed that they changed that central event for the series, in a way that won’t be revealed here.

At Tuesday’s Television Critics Association press tour panel for the series, director Jack Bender said that the show’s choice to change that framework was decided early on and was a “better way to make it a potentially more catastrophic event.”

On May 22, a young male suicide bomber walked into the foyer of the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena and detonated a nail bomb that he had strapped to himself, killing 22 people (one child as young as 8 years old) and injuring 250. In the novel “Mr. Mercedes,” the killer Brady Hartsfield, who is being pursued by detective Bill Hodges, also »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Game of Thrones’: 5 Moments From Arya’s Journey That Prove She’s Not Beyond Saving

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Of all the characters on “Game of Thrones,” it’s Arya Stark whose soul we worry for most. As played by the adorable Maisie Williams, we’ve not only watched her grow up on screen, but become more and more confident… and deadly.

Read More‘Game of Thrones’ Review: Family Means Nothing in ‘Stormborn,’ As History Begins to Die Too

One of the last living Starks has amounted quite the body count over the past seven seasons (including the Season 7 cold open, in which she wiped out everyone who participated in the Red Wedding with poisoned wine). But while we worry that the darkness inside her, as identified by Melisandre, might be all-consuming, there’s still a chance that she’ll be able to reclaim the spark of goodness that she, like all Starks, has inside her. And, looking back on the show, there are some moments where this is all too clear. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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James Bond film confirmed for 2019 – but no word on who will play 007

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

New York Times have quoted anonymous sources saying Daniel Craig will reprise his role, but neither lead actor nor director have been confirmed

He is the original international man of mystery – so perhaps it is not surprising that there is still a cloak of secrecy over who will take on the mantle of James Bond in the secret agent’s next outing.

Film company Eon Productions, which produces Bond movies, and Metro Goldwyn Mayer, which owns the rights to the long-running franchise, said on Tuesday that the latest instalment would be released in November 2019.

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- Dan Carrier

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