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‘Sudden Death’ Remake With a “Comedic Twist” is Headed to Netflix

‘Sudden Death’ Remake With a “Comedic Twist” is Headed to Netflix
Remember Sudden Death? It was a 1995 Die Hard knock-off set in an arena during a hockey game. Jean-Claude Van Damme played a firefighter who has to take on a group of terrorist – lead by Powers Boothe! – holding the entire arena hostage. Oh, and the Vice President is at the hockey game, too. It was pretty damn […]

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Chris Pratt’s ‘Ghost Draft’ Adds Comedian Theo Von to Cast

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Chris Pratt’s ‘Ghost Draft’ Adds Comedian Theo Von to Cast
Comedian Theo Von is joining the cast of Chris Pratt’s sci-fi film “Ghost Draft,” which will also star Yvonne Strahovski.

Chris McKay (“Lego Batman”) is directing the Skydance project. “Ghost Draft,” a working title, is written by Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque and is about a man who is drafted to fight in a future war which forces him to confront his past. Sam Richardson, J.K. Simmons and Betty Gilpin have also been in talks to join the project.

Producers are David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, David Goyer, Jules Daly and Adam Kolbrenner. Matt Grimm is overseeing the project for Skydance. Rob Cowan is serving as executive producer.

Also Read: 'Handmaid's Tale' Star Yvonne Strahovski to Star in Chris Pratt's 'Ghost Draft'

Production is set to begin this summer.

Von, a stand-up comedian and TV personality, was in the middle of his Dark Arts Tour, which
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Gina Rodriguez’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Awake’ Rounds Out Cast (Exclusive)

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Gina Rodriguez’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Awake’ Rounds Out Cast (Exclusive)
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barry Pepper and “Game of Thrones” actor Finn Jones will join Gina Rodriguez in Netflix’s sci-fi thriller “Awake.”

The newly announced cast also includes Ariana Greenblatt, Frances Fisher, Shamier Anderson, Lucius Hoyos and Gil Bellows.

Awake” is set after a sudden global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humankind’s ability to sleep, and chaos quickly begins to consume the world. Rodriguez’s character may hold the key to a cure in the form of her own daughter while she faces the prospect of saving the world before she herself loses her mind.

Kodachrome” helmer Mark Raso is attached to direct from a script he co-wrote with his brother Joseph Raso, as well as Greg Poirier. Entertainment One and Paul Schiff are producing the film. Rodriguez and the Raso brothers are executive producing with Mark Gordon, Josh Phillips, Matt Jackson, Poirier and Whitney Brown.
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Sony Confirms Spider-Man’s Story Will Continue Without Marvel

Sony Confirms Spider-Man’s Story Will Continue Without Marvel
The internet was torn asunder yesterday when it was revealed that negotiations between Sony and Marvel to continue their sharing of Spider-Man had broken down, meaning the wall-crawler will be leaving the MCU effective immediately. Fans have gone into meltdown over the news, with many conflicting follow-up reports confusing things. However, Sony has released an official statement on the matter now which confirms that the split is indeed happening.

The studio’s statement promises that Spidey’s story will still continue on from where things were left off in Spider-Man: Far From Home though, even if Peter Parker can’t rub shoulders with the Avengers any longer. The statement, which you can read in full here, cites that they’re “disappointed” that Kevin Feige will no longer spearhead the character’s movies but that they “respect Disney’s decision.”

It’s the last line that’s the most intriguing, though,
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The Marvel Comics Villains We Want to See in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Thor passed rulership of the Asgardians on to Valkyrie and set off to have some fun adventures with his new buddy Rabbit, a.k.a. Rocket Racoon, and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Chris Hemsworth will be back for the next Thor movie, but not necessarily in the title role. Revealed at Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, Thor: Love and Thunder will see Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster taking on the mantle and wielding the unstoppable flying hammer Mjolnir. Expected to release November 5, 2021, the film is based …
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‘The Report’ Trailer: Adam Driver Uncovers a Cover-Up

‘The Report’ Trailer: Adam Driver Uncovers a Cover-Up
The Report is one of the best movies of 2019, and the first trailer for the political thriller is finally here. Based on a true story, The Report stars Adam Driver as Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones, who was put in charge of investigating the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program. That investigation resulted in Jones uncovering a deliberate […]

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Spider-Man Studio Drama: It’s Just Business For Disney & Sony [The Discourse Podcast]

Part of the journey is the end… and all things must come to an end.

On this unexpected episode of The Discourse – the show where we discuss film and television news, reviews, and anything else in the zeitgeist that we feel the need to weigh-in on – I’m joined by Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez to devote an entire episode to the fallout between Disney and Sony over Spider-Man‘s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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‘I Still Believe’ Trailer: Kj Apa Has A Song About God He’d Like To Share With You In New Faith-Based Drama

When you’re 20-years-old and a musician that can sell out arenas, why would you want to settle down and get married? Well, apparently that’s the question that everyone has for the lead in the new film “I Still Believe.” And the answer? Um, because…God?

The trailer for “I Still Believe” lays out the basic “based on a true story” plot of a young, insanely popular Ed Sheeran-esque singer/songwriter that falls in love with a woman that is sick with some sort of terminal illness.

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Barbara Broccoli, Richard Curtis Team With Passion Pictures, Htyt Films on Paralympics Documentary

Oscar-Winning British production company Passion Pictures is teaming up with James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and filmmaker Richard Curtis on a new feature documentary about the Paralympic Games. The project, currently titled “Harder Than You Think” brings together Passion’s John Battsek with producer Greg Nugent of Htyt Films, with Broccoli and Curtis both serving as executive producers.

Directed by the BAFTA-nominated filmmakers behind “McQueen,” Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, “Harder Than You Think” sets out to tell the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games from its post-war inception to becoming the world’s third largest sporting event. U.S. Paralympian Tatyana McFadden and former International Paralympic Committee CEO Xavier Gonzalez will also serve as executive producers alongside Broccoli and Curtis.

The film will blend never-before-seen archive footage with the extraordinary stories of

modern-day athletes, leaders and visionaries. Bonhôte and Ettedgui said the film intends to take audiences on “a
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‘The Report’: Adam Driver & Director Scott Z. Burns Look At Post-9/11 Torture Methods By The CIA

If you’ve seen Adam McKay‘s “Vice,” the portrait of former Vice President Dick Cheney, the movie may have given you some handy context you may have forgotten. No, acclaimed writer/director Scott Z. Burns‘ “The Report” is not a comedic, dark political satire, but it does spin-off from some of the events in that film. In “Vice,” it’s shown how Cheney is instrumental in finding any shred of information, credible or not, to help justify the war in Iraq in the early aughts.

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First Trailer for ‘The Report’ Finds Adam Driver Leading Amazon’s Big Oscar Contender

Amazon Studios has released the first trailer for The Report, the upcoming political thriller written and directed by Scott Z. Burns. The film is based on actual events and chronicles the difficult process that led to the creation of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture. Adam Driver plays Daniel J. Jones, an idealistic staffer who is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was created in the aftermath of 9/11. His explosive findings uncover a conspiracy by …
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Prop Store Holding the UK’s Largest Auction of Movie & TV Props, Including Lightsabers, Ghost Traps & More

Prop Store is one of the world’s leading film and TV memorabilia auction houses in the business, and next month they’re hosting the sixth annual live auction of various movies and TV props in London, marking the largest sale of these coveted items in the United Kingdom. The auction includes Mace Windu’s lightsaber, a radio-controlled […]

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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: What Happened to Cliff Booth’s Wife? Brad Pitt Knows

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: What Happened to Cliff Booth’s Wife? Brad Pitt Knows
One of the most intriguing and mysterious characters in director Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” has to be fictional stuntman Cliff Booth, who is played by Brad Pitt.

While said to be stylistically inspired by actor Tom Laughlin in the “Billy Jack” movie franchise, Booth is an invention of Tarantino and Pitt, and is depicted as the loyal and deadly friend of fading television series star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Accused by multiple people of being a murderer, Booth is somewhat of an outcast in the universe of stuntmen, and is believed to have gotten away with killing his wife, Billie Booth (Rebecca Gayheart). However, the film is ambiguous on that front and leaves Booth’s alleged dark past to speculation.

What Tarantino does allow the audience to see is a flashback scene that takes place on a boat, during which Billie scolds Cliff, as he
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Tribeca Film Institute’s Fourth Annual PitchNY Program Kicks Off (Exclusive)

College students and recent alumni in New York can apply to Tribeca Film Institute’s 4th annual PitchNY program, an effort to help young, diverse directors, producers and writers fine-tune their pitching skills, as well as to connect them with entertainment industry professionals who will serve as mentors.

On Thursday, Tribeca Film Institute announced that applications for PitchNY are now open. The institute is partnering with The New York State Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development and NBCUniversal for the first time since the program’s inception three years ago.

“We’re thrilled to work with the Governor’s Office and NBCUniversal for the fourth edition of this program,” said Amy Hobby, Executive Director at Tribeca Film Institute in a statement. “PitchNY engages emerging voices based in our home state and provides them with the tools they need to thrive as advocates for their content, which will
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‘The Chambermaid’ Cleans Up in the U.S.

‘The Chambermaid’ Cleans Up in the U.S.
Santiago, Chile — Call it the “Roma” effect but Mexican newcomer Lila Aviles’ engaging portrait of a hotel servant, “The Chambermaid” (“La Camarista”) has found outstanding reception in the U.S. and in multiple territories, giving hope to other arthouse films from Latin America and elsewhere that seek distribution in “fortress America.”

“‘Roma’ was a beautiful, brawny and no denying, brilliant period drama – with a huge budget, said “The Chambermaid’s” U.S. distributor, Richard Lorber, President and CEO of Kino Lorber. “We were more than thrilled to be able to make so much noise with our quiet film – one with a minuscule budget in both production and promotion,” he noted, adding: “It’s possible that audiences were primed to experience ‘The Chambermaid,’ given some similarities to “Roma,” but they encountered a very different creation with a depth of insight into character and a narrative sensibility that was wholly different.”

According to Lorber,
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Lost Script by ABC Studios Editor Turned Into Movie and Series ‘Bad Blood’

An ambitious new Serbian feature film and 10-part television series set in the Ottoman Empire of the 19th century has emerged from a long lost script by a former editor at ABC Studios in New York City.

Belgrade-based This and That Productions is producing “Bad Blood,” based on the works of renowned Serbian writer Borisav Stankovic and a script written nearly half a century ago by Yugoslav filmmaker Voja Nanović while living in the U.S.

Serbian helmer Milutin Petrovic, who discovered the lost screenplay, will direct the film and first three episodes of the series, which spans a 40-year period in the late 19th century. “Bad Blood” is set in the waning years of the Ottoman Empire and at the cusp of a new century, an era beset by major political change and turmoil, when peasants began rising up in strength to the detriment of wealthy merchants families. It follows Trifun,
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Summer Box Office Grosses $4.5 Billion, Disney Takes Half, and Cinema Is At Risk

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This was the summer in which Disney saw five films cross $1 billion worldwide. In North America, it’s also the summer in which fewer tickets will be sold than any year since 1992, a year when there were 90 million fewer Americans and Canadians.

How can so much moviegoing, and so many people, translate to a decline? Here’s a look at the strange and watershed summer of 2019.

Over 80% of the gross came from franchise and sequels

Summer totals for 2019 will be about $4.5 billion domestic, which is almost identical for the same period last year, when two original films were in the top 10: “Crazy Rich Asians” at #7, and “The Meg” at #9. This summer, the only original title is Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” at #10.

And of that $4.5 billion, Disney can claim about 50%. Certainly, the theater business would collapse if Disney didn’t do so well, or made
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Gael Garcia Bernal on the Power, Responsibility of Cinema to ‘Provoke’

Gael Garcia Bernal on the Power, Responsibility of Cinema to ‘Provoke’
Gael García Bernal said acting for the likes of Oscar winners Alejandro González Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón helped groom him for the director’s chair and praised cinema as “the only medium” that allows artists to “explore the gray areas” in unparalleled ways.

“The world is so full of certainties now, and cinema is the one that can open up those spaces with poetry and really provoke,” he said.

The Mexican multi-hyphenate was appearing at the Sarajevo Film Festival after a special screening of his second directorial feature, “Chicuarotes.” Earlier this week, the festival handed an Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award to Iñárritu, who directed Bernal in his breakout role in “Amores Perros.”

Speaking at a masterclass on Wednesday, Bernal discussed some of his influences as an actor and director, as well as the inspiration behind “Chicuarotes,” which world premiered out of competition in Cannes. Set in San Gregorio Atlapulco,
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The Morning Watch: VFX Artists React to ‘Alita’ Battle Angel’, Reviewing Sci-Fi Operating Systems & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, a group of VFX artists take a closer […]

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Killers Anonymous review – Gary Oldman fires blanks in deathly yarn

Obscurity beckons for this pitifully plotted ensemble piece about an assassins’ support group

There was a stretch of time recently when violent, talky crime stories flourished in the British film scene like mushrooms in a woodland glade. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Sexy Beast and Bronson are some of the more successful exercises in the genre. But then there’s a lot of inedible fungus in there too, several of them featuring now eminent talents such as Ray Winstone (44 Inch Chest), Jude Law (Breaking and Entering), or both.

Before he was canonised as one of Britain’s finest thespians, Gary Oldman made several contributions to this mycological mulch. With Killers Anonymous he returns to these soggy roots, contributing a turn as an assassin’s agent who runs a 12-step programme in Los Angeles for people who kill repeatedly. It’s a nonsensical premise and a pretty incoherent, painfully inept film.
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