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‘Captain Marvel’ Sequel Officially In Development At Disney’s Marvel Studios

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‘Captain Marvel’ Sequel Officially In Development At Disney’s Marvel Studios
The most powerful superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is officially ramping up for her big-screen encore. Disney’s Marvel Studios has officially begun production on the sequel to Captain Marvel (2019), the billion-dollar hit that energized and expanded the hitmaker studio’s young female constituency.

Brie Larson will return as the intrepid Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, a former military pilot who taps into cosmic energies that make her a powerhouse champion for Earth when interplanetary dangers threaten the fragile globe. Larson’s no-nonsense hero also packed a wallop at the box office, with $1.13 billion in global box office.

A Marvel source says that Megan McDonnell, part of the writing team for the upcoming Disney+ McU series WandaVision, is in advanced negotiations to chart the course for Captain Marvel’s second cinematic solo flight. The original film was the 22nd Marvel Studios film, but the first with a female hero as the lead title character.
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Channing Tatum to Headline and Produce Disney’s ‘Bob the Musical’

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Channing Tatum to Headline and Produce Disney’s ‘Bob the Musical’
Channing Tatum is attached to headline and produce Disney’s musical comedy “Bob the Musical,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Tatum will produce with his company, Free Association, along with partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan. Tripp Vinson and Chris Bender are also attached to produce. There are no other attachments at this time and the studio will be looking to find a director. Jessica Virtue and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing for the studio.

“Bob the Musical” centers on a regular guy whose worst nightmare comes to life after he receives a blow to the head and wakes up to finds that he’s trapped in a musical. The project initially was set in 2004 and is one of the longest projects in development at Disney this century. Tom Cruise previously circled the project.

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Jon Stewart’s ‘Irresistible’ With Steve Carell to Hit Theaters This May

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Jon Stewart’s ‘Irresistible’ With Steve Carell to Hit Theaters This May
Focus Features will release the latest film from director Jon Stewart called “Irresistible” on May 29, 2020, the distributor announced Wednesday.

Steve Carell, Chris Cooper and Rose Byrne star in the political comedy that the former “Daily Show” host both wrote and directed.

Irresistible” is a satire about what happens when a small Wisconsin town becomes the main attraction of our political circus. After the Democrat’s top strategist Gary (Steve Carell) sees a video of a retired Marine Colonel (Chris Cooper) standing up for the rights of his town’s undocumented workers, Gary believes he has found the key to winning back the Heartland. However, when the Republicans counter him by sending in his brilliant nemesis Faith (Rose Byrne), what started out as a local race quickly becomes an out-of-control and hilarious fight for the soul of America.
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Tina Fey Will Bring Broadway’s ‘Mean Girls’ Musical to the Big Screen

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Tina Fey Will Bring Broadway’s ‘Mean Girls’ Musical to the Big Screen
The “Mean Girls” saga is coming full circle — back to the big screen, that is. Tina Fey has announced that the Broadway musical version of the film, which made its bow in DC back in October 2017 before hitting New York in April 2018, will now be adapted as a new film. Nominated for 12 Tony Awards in 2018, the musical’s book is written by Fey, who starred in the 2004 movie as Ms. Sharon Norbury, everyone’s favorite, self-deprecating high-school calculus teacher.

“I’m very excited to bring ‘Mean Girls’ back to the big screen,” Tina Fey said in a statement shared with Variety. “It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how much the movie and the musical have meant to audiences. I’ve spent sixteen years with these characters now. They are my Marvel Universe and I love them dearly.”

The stage version is produced by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman,
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Rose McGowan, Marisa Tomei, Thandie Newton, and More Sign Statement Supporting Russell Simmons’ Accusers

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Rose McGowan, Marisa Tomei, Thandie Newton, and More Sign Statement Supporting Russell Simmons’ Accusers
More than 100 luminaries have signed a statement in support of the multiple women who have accused hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault. The allegations will be further explored this week with the world premiere of Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s “On the Record” at the Sundance Film Festival, a documentary that Oprah Winfrey recently exited as executive producer, thereby killing the film’s distribution setup with Apple TV+.

The list of individuals supporting the more-than-20 women who’ve accused Russell Simmons — such as former music executive Drew Dixon, whose accounts are detailed in the new film — include Rose McGowan, Alyssa Milano, Marisa Tomei, Gloria Steinem, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Liz Garbus, Idina Menzel, and Rosanna Arquette. See the full list below.

Organized by Equality Now, UltraViolet, and V-Day, the statement, which will be shared on social media, is as follows: “It takes great courage for any survivors
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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ on Track for a $40 Million Opening Over Presidents Day Weekend

Paramount Pictures had to deal with a bit of a nightmare scenario when the reveal of their Sonic the Hedgehog movie was downright laughable. The reaction was so unfavorable that the studio chose to overhaul the design of the Sega video game character and push the movie back from a November release last year to […]

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Sundance a-Go-Go: Film Fest Has the Beat as ‘The Go-Go’s’ Doc Premieres in Advance of Summer Concert Gigs

Sundance a-Go-Go: Film Fest Has the Beat as ‘The Go-Go’s’ Doc Premieres in Advance of Summer Concert Gigs
The Sundance Film Festival will host the premiere this weekend of a documentary about one of the great original L.A. punk bands — we’re speaking, of course, of the Go-Go’s. Or maybe we should forego that “of course,” since probably not a huge percentage of rock fans remember the pioneering female band as seminal punks, per se. That they did emerge from that scrappy scene is one of the joys of discovery in “The Go-Go’s,” the doc that has a spotlight premiere at the Utah fest Friday night.

“The band has been more open to embracing our beginnings,” says bassist Kathy Valentine. “I remember when we were first successful, the band didn’t talk a lot about the punk roots, and often in interviews we would say ‘Well, the songs were always catchy pop songs. We just played them real fast at first and we weren’t great musicians.
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The ‘Birds of Prey’ Are Just Sort of Standin’ Around in New IMAX Poster

We're just over two weeks away from the debut of Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn, we've already gotten a few great trailers and some dope gonzo-lookin' artwork, and the hype is real. So Warner Bros. probably doesn't need to be releasing any new posters at this juncture that sort of just look cobbled together at the last minute. Anyway, IMAX just revealed its poster for Birds of Prey, and it sort of just looks cobbled together at the last minute. Aw, heck! Directed by Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) from a script …
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‘Bad Boys for Life’ Drives a Jolly January at the Box Office

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‘Bad Boys for Life’ Drives a Jolly January at the Box Office
So far, the 2020 box office rebound is real. Time will tell. But early signs remain positive, with this weekend continuing to build on the 12% increase to date over the same period in 2019. Last year the weekend between King Birthday and the Super Bowl took in $105 million. This year has a shot at $125 million, which would be close to a 20% improvement.

If so, thriller “The Turning” (Universal) and action comedy “The Gentlemen” (Stx) will play a minor role in that result, along with the calendar, once again. For distributors setting release dates, the second weekend box-office can be as important as the first. With the Super Bowl looming, opening now is risky.

Fortunately current titles should make up the slack, with newbies doing better than last year, when the combined gross of long-forgotten “The Kid Who Would Be King” and “Serenity” totaled under $12 million. At best, new entries could double that number.
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Jim Carrey Is Done with Donald Trump, Turns Artistic Energy to ‘Great Art’ Like ‘Parasite’

Jim Carrey Is Done with Donald Trump, Turns Artistic Energy to ‘Great Art’ Like ‘Parasite’
Jim Carrey is trying to focus on the positive in 2020, and to do so, the actor and artist is moving on from one of his ugliest muses: President Donald J. Trump.

“Between the parts I’m playing and what’s actually occurring in my life, it’s really extraordinary,” Carrey said in an interview with IndieWire. “Well, there’s this political thing, but I basically didn’t bring that into 2020 with me. That’s gone — pretty much, for the most part.”

Carrey spent much of 2019 creating satiric, politically-themed paintings, many of which blended topical Trump statements with critical portraits of the man himself. Since debuting his cartoons in August 2017, the actor has drawn (no pun intended) fire for some of his more controversial depictions, but he’s also made his voice heard on plenty of vital issues. His last painting of the year showed the president’s face peering into — or,
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Disney’s ‘Bob the Musical’ Lands Channing Tatum to Hear the Songs in Our Hearts

Disney’s ‘Bob the Musical’ Lands Channing Tatum to Hear the Songs in Our Hearts
Bob the Musical has been in the works at Disney since as far back as 2004. Directors like Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages), Mark Waters (Mean Girls), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street), and even Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) have flirted with the project, but it just hasn’t gotten off the ground. But […]

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Denis Villeneuve Has Another ‘Blade Runner’ Film In Mind But It’s Not A Sequel

Though it didn’t make $1 billion at the box office and reignite the world’s love of “Blade Runner,” Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” is an acclaimed film and has many fans that are anticipating the filmmaker’s eventual return to the franchise. Of course, that doesn’t seem likely, as the aforementioned sequel didn’t necessarily make a profit. That being said, the director would love to return to the franchise, though not in the same way he did before.

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Variety’s Creative Impact Honoree Justin Simien Returns to Sundance With ‘Bad Hair’

Variety’s Creative Impact Honoree Justin Simien Returns to Sundance With ‘Bad Hair’
Justin Simien understands the value of a compelling story.

Before he broke out with his award-winning indie satire “Dear White People” in 2014, the 36-year-old American filmmaker worked in publicity, doing gigs at studios like Paramount and Focus Features. It was this experience, working on massively successful hits such as “Brokeback Mountain” and “Paranormal Activity,” that taught Simien the art of selling an idea to an audience.

“I learned that the story about the story is really important,” Simien explains, as he prepares to bring his latest picture, the comic horror film “Bad Hair,” to Sundance, where Variety is honoring him with its Creative Impact Award. “You have to prepare people to watch something — not only help an audience find a film, but help them understand the kind of film they’re walking into. That was extremely enlightening.”

Simien’s breakthrough was “Dear White People,” an acerbic comedy about black students
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Seth Rogen Teams With ‘Shazam’ Director & ‘The Batman’ Writer For Amazon Series ‘Fear Agent’

On a cold January day (such as the one I’m experiencing now…), there’s nothing better than a good ol’ stew to warm you up inside. And over at Amazon, it appears the studio has put together all the ingredients for one tasty, sci-fi stew that people will want to gobble up, titled “Fear Agent.”

According to THR, the “Fear Agent” stew includes names such as Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, David F.

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How the Wuhan Coronavirus Infected the Chinese Film Industry

How the Wuhan Coronavirus Infected the Chinese Film Industry
Just days ago, no one would have predicted that China’s most lucrative film-going season was about to be derailed by the escalating epidemic of a novel coronavirus that is now rapidly spreading through the country and beyond.

Variety takes a look at how the box office in the world’s second largest film market has been overturned by a public health crisis that has made gathering in enclosed cinema spaces a health risk.

Pre-Sales and Promotion

Earlier this week, it seemed to be business as usual for the Spring Festival holiday release window. Production teams collectively spent a reported $144 million (RMB1 billion) on publicity for the seven blockbusters scheduled to release this Friday and Saturday, the eve and New Year’s Day of the new lunar year of the rat. The holiday is a time for family gatherings, when millions who’ve saved up all year take one of their few vacations,
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Meet Jayme Lawson: The ‘Batman’ Breakout Hits Sundance With ‘Farewell Amor’

Meet Jayme Lawson: The ‘Batman’ Breakout Hits Sundance With ‘Farewell Amor’
Right before New Year’s Day, Jayme Lawson sat down to make a list. She wanted to outline all of the big changes that had transpired over the past twelve months. It was an impressive array of accomplishments. In May, Lawson graduated from Julliard. A month later, she was cast in her first indie movie, “Farewell Amor.” Then in quick succession, she nabbed a showy part in the Public Theatre’s revival of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf” and a key role in Matt Reeves’ “The Batman.”

“It’s been quite a year,” Lawson says during an interview at a Brooklyn coffee shop. “It’s truly a testament how your life can start out looking like it’s going one way, but if you keep investing in the things that are important and in your dreams, everything can change in an instant.”

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Annabella Sciorra testifies about “disgusting” rape by Harvey Weinstein

Actress is appears in Manhattan court as “prior bad acts” witness.

Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra appeared in a Manhattan court at Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial on Thursday (January 23) to testify that the disgraced former Hollywood executive raped her in winter 1993 / 1994.

According to reports Sciorra’s voice cracked on occasion as she recounted how Weinstein pushed his way into her New York apartment after dropping her off from a dinner.

Sciorra said Weinstein led her into her bedroom and raped her despite her initial protests. She recalled punching and kicking before he locked her hands above her head and she could no longer fight.
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Box Office: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Racing Toward $40 Million Opening

Box Office: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Racing Toward $40 Million Opening
Sonic the Hedgehog” is racing toward an opening in the $40 million range over Presidents’ Day weekend, early tracking showed on Thursday.

Paramount Pictures decided in May to push “Sonic the Hedgehog” back three months, from Nov. 8 to Valentine’s Day, following fan criticism over the appearance and design of the titular blue character — particularly his teeth and lean legs.

Ben Schwartz voices Sonic the Hedgehog and Jim Carrey plays Sonic’s nemesis Doctor Robotnik, alongside James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Neal McDonough and Adam Pally. Directed by Jeff Fowler, the film follows Sonic as he attempts to escape the government.

The movie, based on the hit Sega video game franchise, had been in the works at Sony, but Paramount picked up the project in 2018 when the studio let its film rights lapse. Sega launched the game in 1991 and has sold more than 360 million copies.

Early tracking for the horror film “Fantasy Island,
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IFC Films Offering Free Movies to Stream Each Month to Celebrate 20th Anniversary (Exclusive)

IFC Films is turning 20, and to help celebrate that milestone, the indie studio is showcasing one free movie each month through its streaming service.

The program will kick off with “Boyhood,” the Oscar-winning hit from Richard Linklater that premiered at Sundance in 2014. It will be available on IFC Films Unlimited Svod service on Friday to coincide with the beginning of the Sundance Film Festival.

Going forward, the movies will be available to stream on IFC Films Unlimited on the Apple TV app and Amazon Prime Video Channels. No subscription or free trial required to stream. Titles will be available for a week, from Friday to Tuesday, before being replaced by other releases. Over two decades, IFC has released such critical and commercial hits as “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Y Tu Mamá También,” “Clouds of Sils Maria,” “45 Years,” and “The Death of Stalin.”

“We couldn’t be prouder of
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10 Oscar Movies That Time Forgot

Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selects the very best in cinema from the previous calendar year. This group of industry professionals and insiders is considered by some to be the authority on the subject, and thus the Academy Award is the highest honor a film can receive. But sometimes it’s an honor just to be nominated, and indeed when the Oscar nominations roll around, each studio boasts the films, performances, and crafts that were singled out that year. But not every film nominated for an Oscar stands the test of time. Indeed, even some …
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