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Alex Garland and A24 Reuniting After 'Ex Machina' for New Film, Jessie Buckley Eyed to Star

Alex Garland and A24 Reuniting After 'Ex Machina' for New Film, Jessie Buckley Eyed to Star

is reuniting with his “Ex Machina” distributor for a new science-fiction movie, reports. The project is titled “Men” and will mark Garland’s first feature directorial effort after the 2018 release “Annihilation.” In the interim, the writer-director helmed the FX on Hulu limited series “Devs,” which was released to strong reviews in 2019. According to Deadline, and Rory Kinnear are being eyed to star in the film.Per : “Buckley’s deal is not closed yet but is headed in right direction. Besides directing, Garland penned the script to the untitled project. Scott Rudin, who produced his previous...

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Zendaya Spent the Last Year Rejecting Scripts Where She Only 'Serves the Male Character'

Zendaya Spent the Last Year Rejecting Scripts Where She Only 'Serves the Male Character'

’s career is skyrocketing after her Emmy win for “” in September and over the weekend for “Malcolm & Marie,” for which she’s being touted as a major Oscar contender for Best Actress. The Netflix-backed “Malcolm & Marie” is the brainchild of Zendaya and her “Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson. When production on “Euphoria” Season 2 was delayed in March on account of the pandemic, the two started brainstorming ideas for a project that could be pulled off safely in quarantine. Levinson’s first thought was “a twisty meta-Disney thriller,” as revealed in Zendaya’s new cover story.“I was just on the...

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Kevin Feige Leaves Door Open for Reviving Netflix's Marvel Series: 'Never Say Never About Anything'

Kevin Feige Leaves Door Open for Reviving Netflix's Marvel Series: 'Never Say Never About Anything'

Marvel Studios president isn’t ruling out a revival of Netflix’s Marvel series, a decision for which could more directly bring the likes of Charlie Cox’s and Krysten Ritter’s into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When pressed by on whether or not Netflix’s Marvel series could return, Feige left the door open in his answer: “Well, certainly you’ve seen what we announced at Comic-Con a year and half ago and on Disney Investor Day a few weeks ago, so that’s our focus. But I’ve been at Marvel long enough to never say never about anything.”Rumors have been circulating on social media for about a...

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'Star Wars' Author Tells All About Removed Rey-Finn Romance and His 'Last Jedi' Retcon Story

'Star Wars' Author Tells All About Removed Rey-Finn Romance and His 'Last Jedi' Retcon Story

is a legend among “” fans as the author of the 1976 novelization of George Lucas’ original movie, published six months before the film’s opening under the title “Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker.” Foster stuck with the franchise to pen an original 1978 sequel book, “Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind’s Eye,” and then returned in 2015 when asked by J.J. Abrams to write the official novelization for “The Force Awakens.” In a recent interview with Foster opened up about the creative process behind writing his “Star Wars” books.“I did my usual thing when I do these adaptations of...

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Olivia Wilde Reportedly Fired Shia LaBeouf from ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Ahead of Filming – IndieWire

Olivia Wilde Reportedly Fired Shia LaBeouf from ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Ahead of Filming – IndieWire

News broke in that had cast Florence Pugh and as the leads in the psychological thriller “Don’t Worry Darling,” her highly anticipated second feature directorial effort following the breakout success of “Booksmart.” By September, LaBeouf had been replaced by Harry Styles as the film’s male lead. Deadline at the time LaBeouf “departed the project due to a scheduling conflict,” but a new Variety report claims LaBeouf was fired off the project by Wilde due to alleged poor behavior.As reported by : “In September, LaBeouf was officially moved off the project. Instead, studio sources announced...

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Dec 24
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Mark Hamill, James Gunn, William Shatner Skewer Space Force for Ripping Off Their Franchises

Mark Hamill, James Gunn, William Shatner Skewer Space Force for Ripping Off Their Franchises

Vice President Mike Pence announced on December 19 that personnel in the branch of the U.S. Armed Forces will be officially called Guardians, which prompted some wisecracking from writer-director . Since Space Force’s new “Guardians” title overlaps with Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise, the filmmaker shot back at the vice president on social media, writing: “Can we sue this dork?”Flash forward to this week and “Star Wars” legend got in on the Space Force skewering. Responding to Gunn, Hamill quipped, “So they grab the ‘Guardians’ from your movies, they use the ‘Force’ from our...

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Golden Globes Under Fire for Shutting 'Minari' Out of Best Picture: 'Racist,' 'Complete Bullsh*t'

Golden Globes Under Fire for Shutting 'Minari' Out of Best Picture: 'Racist,' 'Complete Bullsh*t'

Nominations for the 2021 are still over a month away, but the upcoming ceremony is already at the center of controversy after Variety Lee Isaac Chung’s “” is being shut out of the Best Picture race and relegated to the Best Foreign Language Film category. A similar fate befell ’s “The Farewell” at the 2020 Golden Globes. Both films were rejected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) from competing in the main Best Picture races because they are predominantly in foreign languages.News of the “Minari” Best Picture shut out at the 2021 Golden Globes generated outrage on social...

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Netflix Has One of the Year's Best Films With Taiwan's 'A Sun' — Here's Why You Didn’t Know About It

Netflix Has One of the Year's Best Films With Taiwan's 'A Sun' — Here's Why You Didn’t Know About It

You may not have heard of the 2019 crime drama “,” the fifth fiction feature from acclaimed Taiwanese director and cinematographer Chung Mong-hong. (His 2008 debut, “Parking,” premiered at Cannes in Un Certain Regard.) You almost certainly haven’t seen it; after screening at festivals including Toronto 2019 and Palm Springs 2020, it arrived on in January without fanfare. After Variety named it the best film of 2020, it’s getting a lot more attention — but this film’s happy ending is also a cautionary tale.This is what really sets “A Sun” apart: Not only had this film escaped the public’s...

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Netflix Scrubs Shia LaBeouf from 'Pieces of a Woman' For Your Consideration Page

Netflix Scrubs Shia LaBeouf from 'Pieces of a Woman' For Your Consideration Page

After last year’s post-rehab redemption tour for Alma Har’el’s “Honey Boy,” is sliding back to persona non grata status in Hollywood. This time, it’s after the New York Times reveal last week of a from his former girlfriend FKA Twigs alleging an emotionally, physically, and sexually abusive relationship. While LaBeouf was a long-shot awards contender this year for his supporting turn in “,” has removed his name from the For Your Consideration publicity materials on the for the upcoming drama. His name is no longer included in the synopsis on the site, and also is not listed among those the...

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Dec 20
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Leah Remini Says Tom Cruise's 'Psychotic Rant' About COVID Was a Publicity Stunt

Leah Remini Says Tom Cruise's 'Psychotic Rant' About COVID Was a Publicity Stunt

has been widely praised by Hollywood since of the actor and producer scolding “Mission: Impossible 7” crew who breached COVID safety protocols leaked earlier this week. His fans, however, do not include ex-Scientologist and Emmy winner , who has long lambasted the Church through her A&E documentary series “ and the Aftermath.”In a letter posted exclusively to whistleblowing blog , Remini claimed that the outburst, which she called a “psychotic rant,” was merely a publicity stunt for Cruise. In the piece, she referred to Cruise as “an abusive dictator just as he was taught by his guru David...

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Dec 19
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George Lucas: Critics of 'Star Wars' Prequel Dialogue 'Don't Understand' the Franchise

George Lucas: Critics of 'Star Wars' Prequel Dialogue 'Don't Understand' the Franchise

does not agree with the critics who have bashed his “” prequels over the years due to what they claim is “pretty corny dialogue.” The script for “” is often singled out for ridicule due to the cringeworthy romance scenes between Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman). Such Lucas-written lines as “I am haunted by the kiss that you should never have given me” have been widely mocked, but the writer-director says in the new book “The Star Wars Archives 1999-2005” (via ) that such complaints miss the entire style of the space franchise.“It is presented very...

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Dec 15
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Francis Ford Coppola Feels Sad 'Star Wars' Dominated George Lucas' Directing Career

Francis Ford Coppola Feels Sad 'Star Wars' Dominated George Lucas' Directing Career

served as a mentor for in the heyday of New Hollywood, producing Lucas’ 1973 breakthrough feature “American Graffiti.” Lucas’ next project would be “,” which launched a franchise so massive the writer-director would never helm a non-“Star Wars” movie again. Lucas has directed four films since 1977 (the original “Star Wars” and the three prequel films, released between 1999 and 2005), which Coppola tells in a wide-ranging interview is somewhat sad news.“Well, he created something that brought joy and happiness and pleasure — and even some wisdom — to so many people. Whatever benefits he got...

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'News of the World' Review: Tom Hanks Is the Captain Again in Paul Greengrass' Modest Western

'News of the World' Review: Tom Hanks Is the Captain Again in Paul Greengrass' Modest Western

Known for the visceral, “shaky-cam” immediacy of a vérité style that’s proven bracingly chaotic in some movies (“Captain Phillips,” “United 93”) and utterly nauseating in others (“The Green Zone”), director  might seem ill-suited to direct a Western — to work in that most sweeping and stoic of American genres. But “” isn’t much interested in telling a story about the way this country tends to burnish its bloodiest chapters into myth.Adapted from Paulette Jiles’ novel of the same name, this weary and unvarnished road trip through Reconstruction-era Texas tells the story of two lost souls who...

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Disney's Investor Day Spent 4 Hours Telling Theaters That They Are Mere Middle Men

Disney's Investor Day Spent 4 Hours Telling Theaters That They Are Mere Middle Men

Domestic movie theaters are under siege from COVID-19 and from their studio suppliers, not necessarily in that order. On a marathon December 10 Investor Day produced by , the company that provided nearly 40 percent of the 2019 domestic , it delivered what passes for upbeat news in the year 2020: Disney’s biggest titles will go to theaters.Here’s what Disney didn’t say: It didn’t say theaters were the premiere outlet for Disney content. In fact, the presentations made almost no effort to differentiate theatrical releases from those movies and series that will premiere on Disney+. That’s...

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George Lucas Expected Disney to Give Him 'a Little Bit More Say' in 'Star Wars' Sequel Trilogy

George Lucas Expected Disney to Give Him 'a Little Bit More Say' in 'Star Wars' Sequel Trilogy

Eight years after sold to in a deal worth over $4 billion, says the decision to give up control of his iconic space franchise remains “very, very painful.” Lucas sat down with author Paul Duncan for an interview as part of the just-released new book an excerpt from which finds the filmmaker getting honest about his career-defining decision to prioritize family over “.”“At that time, I was starting the next trilogy; I talked to the actors and I was starting to gear up,” Lucas told Duncan when asked about why he sold Lucasfilm to Disney. “I was also about to have a daughter with my wife. It...

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Denis Villeneuve Slams Warner Bros. for Moving 'Dune' to HBO Max: 'Might've Killed the Franchise'

Denis Villeneuve Slams Warner Bros. for Moving 'Dune' to HBO Max: 'Might've Killed the Franchise'

on Variety’s website in which he criticizes Warner Bros. for shifting the release of “” to a hybrid model in which it will open in theaters on the same day it becomes available to stream on for 31 days. The studio announced last week it would be using this hybrid release model for its entire 2021 film slate, from “Dune” to “The Matrix 4” and “Godzilla vs. Kong.”“There is absolutely no love for cinema, nor for the audience here,” Villeneuve writes about the HBO Max decision. “It is all about the survival of a telecom mammoth, one that is currently bearing an astronomical debt of more than...

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Viggo Mortensen Says 'Green Book' Criticism Is 'Based on a Load of Bullsh*t'

Viggo Mortensen Says 'Green Book' Criticism Is 'Based on a Load of Bullsh*t'

has some strong words for critics of the 2019 Best Picture Oscar winner “.” In a new interview with , the actor railed against controversy that director Peter Farrelly’s movie played into a white savior narrative. Mortensen is currently promoting his new film “Falling,” in which he plays a gay man struggling to care for his ailing, homophobic father.“Much of the criticism that was leveled at [‘Green Book’] was not only unreasonable, but it was inaccurate, mendacious, and irresponsible,” he said. “It’s based on a load of bulls*** and an axe to grind and little else. Does it affect what I’m...

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With 'Black Bear,' Aubrey Plaza Becomes the Artist We Always Knew She Could Be

With 'Black Bear,' Aubrey Plaza Becomes the Artist We Always Knew She Could Be

When filmmaker Lawrence Michael Levine gave the script for “” to , it included one hell of a direction in its final act: the leading lady “breaks down and gives the best performance that anyone has ever seen ever.” No pressure.“I had this moment before we started shooting, where I just felt like, ‘This is going to be really hard and fucked up,'” Plaza said during a recent interview with IndieWire. “But there was something in me that felt like I needed to dive off the deep end. If the movie had been about anything else, I don’t know if I would have been able to put myself through that. It...

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Netflix Won't Add Disclaimer to 'The Crown' Deeming It a 'Work of Fiction'

Netflix Won't Add Disclaimer to 'The Crown' Deeming It a 'Work of Fiction'

Though the UK government last week called upon to add a disclaimer to “” assuring viewers that it’s in fact a work of fiction, the streamer has said it has no plans to do so. As in response to comments from UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden asking the streamer to address historical creative stretches in the series, Netflix said, “We have always presented ‘The Crown’ as a drama — and we have every confidence our members understand it’s a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events. As a result we have no plans — and see no need — to add a disclaimer.”Dowden reportedly sent a...

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Brad Pitt Describes Movie Nights with David Fincher: 'He'll Mutter the Whole Time'

Brad Pitt Describes Movie Nights with David Fincher: 'He'll Mutter the Whole Time'

The way directs movies has been well documented, but what about the way David Fincher watches movies? Not surprisingly, Fincher is as much of a demanding and precise film viewer as he is film director. In a recent Fincher profile for the director’s close friends and provided a glimpse at what it’s like watching movies with the “Mank” filmmaker. Pitt and Fincher have worked together on three films (“Seven,” “Fight Club,” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and now regularly get together for movie nights.“He’s one of the funniest [expletive] I’ve ever met,” Pitt told The Times about...

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WarnerMedia Turned Down $200 Million Netflix Offer for 'Godzilla vs. Kong,' Eyes HBO Max — Report

WarnerMedia Turned Down $200 Million Netflix Offer for 'Godzilla vs. Kong,' Eyes HBO Max — Report

Legendary’s upcoming monster film, “,” is the latest high-profile Hollywood movie that is likely heading to a service.that had made an offer of more than $200 million for the film, though WarnerMedia blocked the deal while preparing to make an offer to bring the title to the company’s streaming service. WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar and Warner Bros. chairman Ann Sarnoff are directly involved in plans to bring “Godzilla vs. Kong” to HBO Max while also bringing the film to theaters.IndieWire has reached out to WarnerMedia, Netflix, and Legendary Pictures, which financed 75 percent of the film’s...

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'Borat 2' Composer Eager to Perform 'Wuhan Flu' Song at Oscars If It Lands Nomination

'Borat 2' Composer Eager to Perform 'Wuhan Flu' Song at Oscars If It Lands Nomination

“” was a family affair for Sacha and . The older brother of comedian Sacha, Erran is a composer and trumpet player who created the musical score for the Amazon Prime Video comedy sequel. Being the “Borat 2” composer also meant Erran contributed lyrics to the film’s “Wuhan Flu” singalong sequence, performed by Sacha in disguise at a far-right rally in Washington. It’s now an unexpected Oscar contender for Best Original Song, and Erran is all for performing “Wuhan Flu” on Hollywood’s biggest night.“I would love to, if we could travel then,” Erran told . “I think that would be one of the best...

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Kate Mara Says She Should've Spoken Up During 'Horrible' 'Fantastic Four' Experience

Kate Mara Says She Should've Spoken Up During 'Horrible' 'Fantastic Four' Experience

’s notorious 2015 superhero tentpole “” is the Marvel disaster that keeps on giving… awfulness. Though reams of NDAs have kept the filmmaker and his cast from speaking explicitly about just what went down on the 20th Century Fox debacle — Trank, for example, — yet another cryptic horror story has emerged from the wreckage. Star , who played Sue Storm a.k.a. Invisible Woman in the costly title, recently confessed to having a “horrible experience” while making the movie, per a new interview in .“I had a horrible experience on ‘Fantastic Four,'” she said. “I’ve never talked about it before. I...

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Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman Lead Netflix's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' to the Oscars

Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman Lead Netflix's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' to the Oscars

When the estate gave Denzel Washington the film rights to his 10-play Century Cycle, he brought them to Netflix Original Films chief Scott Stuber, who signed on to back them all.The first, Wilson rookie and Public Theatre director George C. Wolfe’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” will clean up at the Oscars. Even though it’s set in 1920s Chicago, it’s timely in the way that it shows how simmering pain and anguish can explode. Wolfe wisely moved away from winter and leaned into pushing the film’s sweltering heat.Actors will love Oscar winner (“Fences”) as the gold-toothed, hip-swaying, bosomy,...

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Christopher Nolan Says Fellow Directors Have Called to Complain About His 'Inaudible' Sound

Christopher Nolan Says Fellow Directors Have Called to Complain About His 'Inaudible' Sound

The sound design in ’s movies is known to among moviegoers, but it turns out Nolan’s fellow filmmakers have also expressed annoyance with being unable to hear the director’s dialogue. Most Nolan releases, from “” to “The Dark Knight Rises” to this year’s “,” spark the question: are Nolan movies too loud? The director has in the past, and he says in Tom Shone’s new book “The Nolan Variations” that he’s surprised how “conservative” moviegoers are about cinematic sound.“We got a lot of complaints,” Nolan said about the “Interstellar” sound design. “I actually got calls from other filmmakers...

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