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‘Incredibles 2’ Trailer Gets to Work Saving the World Again

‘Incredibles 2’ Trailer Gets to Work Saving the World Again
Disney-Pixar has released the first Incredibles 2 trailer. The upcoming film will pick up after the events of the first movie, and will focus more on Helen Parr/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) as Bob/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) stays home to raise Jack-Jack. And as this first teaser trailer reveals, Jack-Jack is going to be quite the handful. Incredibles fans probably saw that coming, especially if they saw writer-director Brad Bird's 2005 animated short Jack-Jack Attack. It's hard to believe it's been 13 years since that brief peek at the incredible powers …
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Trouble Alert: ‘Justice League’ Struggles Toward Weak $94 Million Opening

Trouble Alert: ‘Justice League’ Struggles Toward Weak $94 Million Opening
Justice League” was supposed to be DC’s “Avengers,” and Warner Bros. way of capping off a successful second half of 2017 that began with “Wonder Woman.” But now, after making $38.8 million on Friday from 4,040 screens, “Justice League” is in danger of finishing its opening weekend with a total of less than $100 million, a mark that all three Marvel Studios releases and “Wonder Woman” were able to hit this year. Directed by Zack Snyder with reshoots helmed by Joss Whedon, “Jl” was projected to make $110-120 million this weekend, less that the $133 million made by “Suicide Squad”...
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Viola Davis, Malcolm D. Lee Team for Universal's 'I Almost Forgot About You'

Viola Davis, Malcolm D. Lee Team for Universal's 'I Almost Forgot About You'
Viola Davis and Malcolm D. Lee are teaming up for Universal's adaptation of I Almost Forgot About You.

Davis is attached to star and produce with her husband Julius Tennon via their JuVee Productions banner. Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip, The Best Man series) will direct and produce through his Universal-based Blackmaled Productions. The Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley are also producing. Vice President of production Sara Scott will oversee production on behalf of Universal, and Melanie Clark will oversee for Blackmaled Productions.

Ron Bass will adapt with author Terry McMillan, as the two previously collaborated on the onscreen adaptations
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‘Terminator’ Writing Team Adds Billy Ray to Put Final Polish on Script

‘Terminator’ Writing Team Adds Billy Ray to Put Final Polish on Script
After assembling a writer’s room earlier this year to tackle the latest installment in the “Terminator” franchise, Tim Miller and James Cameron have brought on Billy Ray to join the team and give the final touches to the latest draft.

Cameron and Miller’s writer’s room included David Goyer, Justin Rhodes, and Josh Friedman. Ray is now coming on to polish the script that is based on a story conceived by Cameron, Miller, and Skydance founder David Ellison.

Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger are returning to the franchise with Skydance and Cameron producing the project. Plot details are being kept under wraps, although Cameron has said that the film will be a direct sequel to “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” since he played no part in the recent installments.

The pic is set to bow on July 26, 2019.

Known for his prestige dramas like “Captain Phillips” and “State of Play,” Ray is responsible
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Noah Baumbach Casts Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern in Next Film

Noah Baumbach Casts Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern in Next Film
As his current film “The Meyerowitz Stories” readies for an awards season push, Noah Baumbach has lined up an all-star cast for his next movie.

Sources tell Variety that the auteur has tapped Adam Driver, Laura Dern, and Scarlett Johansson to star in his next film. Merritt Wever and Azhy Robertson are also on board.

Plot details are unknown at this time, but Baumbach is preparing to write and direct the film. Netflix, who is handling the distribution of “The Meyerowitz Stories,” is handling financing and distribution of this movie as well.
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Netflix Acquires Animated Feature From ‘Despicable Me’ Co-Creator

Netflix Acquires Animated Feature From ‘Despicable Me’ Co-Creator
Netflix has acquired exclusive global rights to the animated pic “Klaus,” the directorial debut for Sergio Pablos, who wrote the story and is the co-creator of “Despicable Me.”

The all-star voice cast includes Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, and Joan Cusack.

The film is a Christmas family comedy that tells the story of a desperate postman who inadvertently brings about the genesis of Santa Claus. The screenplay is written by Pablos, Zach Lewis, and Jim Mahoney, based on an original story by Pablos.

“How is it possible there’s no story about the origin of Santa Claus?,” Pablos said. “He’s one of the most well-known and loved characters in the world! We felt this was a story that needed to be told and that there was no better way than with animation.”

Tanguy Olivier, Gustavo Ferrada, and Marisa Roman are serving as producers. The film is co-produced by Pablos’ animation studio Spa Studios and Atresmedia
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How Sony Nabbed Quentin Tarantino's Manson Movie

How Sony Nabbed Quentin Tarantino's Manson Movie
In the wake of the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, his career-long collaborator Quentin Tarantino’s next movie became one of the hottest projects in years on Hollywood’s auction block.

Sony Pictures Entertainment made a high-powered presentation Nov. 8 that included chairman Tom Rothman, Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch and marketing president Josh Greenstein, but the studio had to wait on pins and needles for more than a week before learning it beat Warner Bros. and Paramount to land worldwide distribution rights to the film.

It’s a significant win for Sony given its currently anemic slate, but to acquire the project,...
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Josh Hartnett, Margarita Levieva Starring in Thriller ‘Inherit the Viper’

Josh Hartnett, Margarita Levieva Starring in Thriller ‘Inherit the Viper’
Josh Hartnett and Margarita Levieva will star in Barry Films’ crime thriller “Inherit the Viper,” which explores the prescription drug epidemic in West Virginia.

Anthony Jerjen is directing from Andrew Crabtree’s original script. The project is produced by Michel Merkt (“Elle,” “Toni Erdmann”) and Benito Mueller (“The Whistleblower”) and executive produced by Wolfgang Mueller for Barry Films.

Hartnett and Levieva will portray siblings as they try to escape the spiral of violence that has held them captive since their father’s passing. Their characters deal with a region left behind by the economy, in which selling drugs has become their way of survival and a business that’s very hard to quit.

“’Inherit the Viper’ is a visceral story of a family fighting to escape its destiny,” said Merkt. “I am thrilled to be able to tell it on this third collaboration with the incredibly talented director Anthony Jerjen, whose career
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Danny Elfman Hates When Reboots Scrap Classic Themes

Danny Elfman Hates When Reboots Scrap Classic Themes
Composer Danny Elfman didn't have a lot of time to decide to step back into the world of DC with Justice League.

The film was in flux after director Zack Snyder stepped away in May following the death of his daughter, and filmmaker Joss Whedon was brought in to write additional scenes and oversee reshoots and post-production. Whedon made another change, ushering out Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice composer Antonius Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie Xl.

"I got the call from Joss very last second," Elfman tells Heat Vision. "I got the call and it was, ‘You have to decide...
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‘Justice League’: Why Joss Whedon is Only Receiving a Credit for Writing, Not Directing

‘Justice League’: Why Joss Whedon is Only Receiving a Credit for Writing, Not Directing
After an unspeakable family loss, Zack Snyder left “Justice League” in May and handed the film over to Joss Whedon to complete. However, Whedon was already been working with Snyder to write new material for additional photography. That Whedon was already taking his cues from Snyder in reshaping the film — to say nothing of the “Avengers” credit on his resume — made him the obvious choice to direct the reshoots and steer the film over the finish line.

Since then, “Justice League” producers, cast, and crew have been in lock-step in their message: Whedon selflessly came aboard to carry out Snyder’s vision. Wonder Woman herself chimed in: “This is Zack Snyder’s movie,” said Gal Gadot in an interview with Empire Magazine. “Joss only did a few weeks of reshoots. He was Zack’s guy and knew exactly what he wanted to get.”
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Hungary’s ‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Top Award at Camerimage Film Festival

Hungary’s ‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Top Award at Camerimage Film Festival
Poland’s Camerimage fest wrapped Saturday with the Golden Frog top prize for “On Body and Soul,” a Hungarian story of shared dreams filmed by Mate Herbai and directed by Ildiko Enyedi.

The jury, headed by British director Michael Apted, honored Russian family drama “Loveless,” with cinematography by Mikhail Krichman and directing by Andrei Zvyagintsev (“Leviathan”), with a Silver Frog, while the Bronze Frog went to Angelina Jolie’s account of the Cambodian guerilla war, “First They Killed My Father,” filmed by Anthony Dod Mantle.

The jury honored Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country,” an Australian outback thriller filmed by Dylan River and Thornton, with the Fipresci award, while “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” shot by Ben Davis and directed by Martin McDonagh, won the fest’s first-ever audience prize.

The gala closing ceremony at the Opera Nova hall in Bydgoszcz topped a week of 283 film screenings and scores of workshops, filmmaker talks and
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How ‘Downsizing’ Dp Phedon Papamichael, Director Alexander Payne Stayed Intimate With the Actors

How ‘Downsizing’ Dp Phedon Papamichael, Director Alexander Payne Stayed Intimate With the Actors
Downsizing,” one of the opening night films at the Camerimage film festival, is the fourth collaboration between director Alexander Payne and cinematographer Phedon Papamichael. Unlike the other three – “Sideways,” “The Descendants” and “Nebraska” – this new mix of comedy, drama and sci-fi uses plenty of visual effects to tell the story of a future in which many people miniaturize themselves in order to enjoy a better life.

Papamichael, who introduced the film, shot on Arri Alexa cameras using older Panavision lenses. Here he reveals how he and Payne were able to maintain the director’s signature style even on a large-scale movie.

Alexander Payne is known for actor-focused, intimate films. “Downsizing” is a bigger movie with lots of visual effects. Was that a big change for him?

It was definitely an adjustment for Alexander. When he and I shoot, we don’t really storyboard or do shot lists, we just bring in actors and see how they move
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‘Incredibles 2’ Gets First Teaser Trailer From Disney-Pixar

‘Incredibles 2’ Gets First Teaser Trailer From Disney-Pixar
13 years after the release of “The Incredibles,” Disney-Pixar has released a teaser trailer for the audience-demanded follow-up, “Incredibles 2.”

While not revealing much in terms of plot, the sequel appears to take place almost immediately after the events of the first film. Set to Michael Giacchino’s iconic theme, the trailer shows Jack-Jack, the Incredibles/Parrs’ infant son who was revealed to possess a multitude of powers at the end of “The Incredibles” after his family long suspected him powerless, using his laser-vision to chop off a slice of his dad’s hair.

“You have powers!” Bob shouts with joy as Jack-Jack cackles at his father’s funny appearance.

Craig T. Nelson voiced Mr. Incredible/Bob Parr in the original film, with Holly Hunter as his wife Helen Parr/Elastigirl and Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Incredible’s best friend Lucius Best/Frozone. Sarah Vowell voiced the Incredibles’ daughter Violet, who can create
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Academy President John Bailey on Extending Oscars’ Global Reach

Academy President John Bailey on Extending Oscars’ Global Reach
John Bailey, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, spoke to members of international film industry at Camerimage film festival in Poland this week about how changes will help broaden the pool of voters selecting the foreign-language Oscar nominees, as well as ongoing measures to make the body more diverse, plans for the 90th anniversary awards show, and how he had been drafted in to help represent the views of those working in production.

Changes to the method by which Oscar voters get to see shortlisted foreign-language films will up the number of those who are able to take part in the poll. The nine shortlisted films are currently only available for voting members to see on cinema screens in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and London. But Bailey said an announcement will go out next month that members in Europe or elsewhere will be able to see shortlisted foreign-language films via streaming
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Jordan Peele And Universal Celebrate Art of ‘Get Out’ As Oscar Awaits

Awards Season is in second gear and there doesn’t seem to be a night or afternoon that goes by without some event or special screening. This past week alone Warner Bros.’ brought out the kids from “It” for a deserved “don’t forget to give us some love” Q&A; Fox Searchlight had their annual holiday party with Guilermo del Toro and Martin McDonaugh on hand; Searchlight also hosted the La premiere of “The Shape of Water” at the Academy; Stx saved AFI Fest’s collective you know what by replacing “All The Money In The World” as the closing night film with a “tribute” to “Molly’s Game” director and scribe Aaron Sorkin; and Showtime had their own holiday fete with notable names such as Kevin Bacon and recent Emmy winner Lena Waithe (whose new show “The Chi” drops on the network in Jan.).

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Ann Wedgeworth Dies: ‘Three’s Company’, ‘Sweet Dreams’ Actress Was 83

Ann Wedgeworth Dies: ‘Three’s Company’, ‘Sweet Dreams’ Actress Was 83
Ann Wedgeworth, a Tony Award-winning actress most widely known for roles on sitcoms Evening Shade and Three’s Company, died Thursday following a lengthy illness at a New York area nursing home, her family has announced. She was 83. Wedgeworth, who won a National Society of Film Critics Award for her tough but poignant performance in 1985’s Sweet Dreams – she played the mother of Jessica Lange’s Patsy Cline – won the 1978 Tony Award for best featured actress in a play for N…
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New ‘Terminator’ Sequel Adds ‘Hunger Games’ Writer Billy Ray, New Character Details Emerge

New ‘Terminator’ Sequel Adds ‘Hunger Games’ Writer Billy Ray, New Character Details Emerge
Against all odds, the Terminator franchise is being kept alive thanks to producer James Cameron. The crippled sci-fi film series now has a home at 20th Century Fox, and Cameron is hoping to spark the beginning of a new Terminator trilogy, complete with original stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reprising their roles as the […]

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‘Get Out’ Awards Category Dilemma: Film Defies Easy Labels, Cast Says

‘Get Out’ Awards Category Dilemma: Film Defies Easy Labels, Cast Says
Despite the eruption of controversy over the nomination of “Get Out” in the Golden Globe’s best musical or comedy category, the picture’s cast and producers appeared to have taken the social media furor in stride Friday night.

At a celebration for “Get Out” at Hollywood’s Lombardi house, producer Jason Blum said the film defies a neat category or label – and that’s a strength.

“It is all things: satire. It’s an action movie. It’s a comedy. It’s a drama. It’s a thriller. It’s a horror movie,” Blum told Variety. “That’s what makes it great, is that you can’t put it in a box.”

The critical response to the genre film has been very inspiring, Blum said, in part because it has brought an ongoing conversation about structural racism to the fore.

“The movie is making people think that you can really use genre to tell very, very
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Morrissey Defends Kevin Spacey, Calls the Accusations Against Him ‘Ridiculous’

Morrissey Defends Kevin Spacey, Calls the Accusations Against Him ‘Ridiculous’
Kevin Spacey is all but done for after being accused of sexual harassment and worse by several men in recent weeks, having been fired from “House of Cards” and removed entirely from “All the Money in the World.” Few have come to the Oscar-winning actor’s defense, but he now has one notable ally in Morrissey. Speaking to Spiegel Online (and translated on Morrissey Solo), the singer calls the allegations against Spacey “ridiculous.”

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“As far as I know, he was in a bedroom with a 14-year-old,” Morrissey added. “Kevin Spacey was 26, boy 14. One wonders where the boy’s parents were. One wonders if the boy did not know what would happen.” Given Morrissey’s penchant for controversial remarks over the years, is it really so strange that he would go to bat for Spacey?
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Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Leads the Way With $37 Million at Chinese Box Office

Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Leads the Way With $37 Million at Chinese Box Office
Justice League” is looking to gross an estimated $37 million between Friday and Saturday at the Chinese box office, with $15.5 million from Friday showings and an estimated $21 million from Saturday screenings at approximately 21,000 sites.

Warner Bros.’ superhero tentpole took in 65% of the top five films in China on Friday, and is predicted to continue that market share at 64% on Saturday. The first day number is on par with Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and the second-biggest opening day for a Warners title after “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Justice League” earned a total of $43.3 million on Friday from 47,500 international screens, bringing the cumulative total to $70.7 million, with $27.3 million from Wednesday and Thursday.

The film debuted at no. 1 in Mexico, absorbing 74% of the market share with $3.1 million from 3,834 screens and topping “Wonder Woman’s” opening day by 33%. India also made a strong debut, with $1.2 million from 1,277 sites, marking the third largest Indian debut of a Warner Bros. film.

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