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Priyanka Chopra Jonas in Talks to Join ‘The Matrix 4’

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas in Talks to Join ‘The Matrix 4’
Priyanka Chopra Jonas has taken the red pill and is in talks to join the cast of “The Matrix 4,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Chopra would star in an undisclosed role opposite the sci-fi franchise’s returning stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as Neo and Trinity. Lana Wachowski is directing the film that’s set at Warner Bros. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Neil Patrick Harris are also part of the cast.

Wachowski will also produce the film along with Grant Hill that Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and distribute globally. She is writing the screenplay for “The Matrix 4” with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell.

Plot details are currently being kept under wraps for the sequel, which jumps off of the premise that
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Nic Pizzolatto And Matthew McConaughey Reteam For ‘Redeemer’ Drama Series At FX; ‘True Detective’ Duo Ink FX Productions & Fox 21 TV Studios Deals

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Nic Pizzolatto And Matthew McConaughey Reteam For ‘Redeemer’ Drama Series At FX; ‘True Detective’ Duo Ink FX Productions & Fox 21 TV Studios Deals
True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto and one of the hit HBO anthology series’ original stars Matthew McConaughey are reuniting for Redeemer, a drama series headlined by the Oscar winner, which has landed a script-to-series commitment at FX. In conjunction to the sale, Pizzolatto has signed an overall production deal with Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions and McConaughey has closed a first-look production deal with Fxp. FX, Fxp and 20th TV are all owned by Disney.

Created by Pizzolatto and inspired by Patrick Coleman’s debut novel The Churchgoer, Redeemer stars McConaughey as a minister-turned-dissolute security guard whose search for a missing woman in Texas leads him through a corruption-steeped criminal conspiracy, as his past and present impact and entwine around a mystery of escalating violence and deceit.

Pizzolatto and Texas native McConaughey executive produce Redeemer, which is produced by Fox 21 TV Studios and FX Productions.
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Blumhouse Reportedly Working On ‘The Thing’ Remake Based On Author’s Long-Lost Novel

Blumhouse Reportedly Working On ‘The Thing’ Remake Based On Author’s Long-Lost Novel
Horror film remakes are nothing new. After a franchise lays dormant for a few years, Hollywood has the tendency to dust it off and take a new stab at box office glory. Well, it appears that Blumhouse and Universal are set to do that with John Carpenter’s “The Thing.” However, this remake isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill studio rehash. Not by a long shot.

Before we jump into that, it’s important to understand just how this new version of “The Thing” came about.
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‘Palm Springs’ Breaks Sundance Record for Biggest Sale Ever — by 69 Cents

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‘Palm Springs’ Breaks Sundance Record for Biggest Sale Ever — by 69 Cents
Andy Samberg’s “Palm Springs” has just broken the record for the biggest sale in the history of the Sundance Film Festival — by $0.69.

A joint announcement on Monday from Hulu and indie distributor Neon confirmed the existential comedy was purchased for $17,500,000.69 in a sale brokered by UTA Independent Film Group. That figure exceeds the previous record set by “The Birth of a Nation” in 2016, which went to the former Fox Searchlight Pictures for $17.5 million.

Neon will take the film out to U.S. theaters, though a timeline was not immediately clear. Hulu will then add it to what the Disney-owned streamer described as a stacked Samberg library, including “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “SNL” and the spoof “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.”

Earlier on Monday, a report said the film went for around $15 million, though insiders disputed that number to Variety at the time. “Palm Springs” premiered on Sunday at Park City’s Library Theater.
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‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Masked Singer’ and ‘Maleficent’ Win Top Honors at Costume Designers Guild Awards

‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Masked Singer’ and ‘Maleficent’ Win Top Honors at Costume Designers Guild Awards
The Costume Designers Guild handed out its trophies for the 22nd annual Cdg Awards with “Jojo Rabbit” and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” receiving top honors among the costumers.

In the TV category, the hit “The Masked Singer” and designer Marina Toybina beat out reigning designer Zaldy (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) for excellence in variety, reality-competition, live television.

Mindy Kaling hosted the evening, which celebrated special honorees Charlize Theron, Mary Ellen Fields, Michael Kaplan and Adam McKay.

Catherine O’Hara accepted the award on behalf of “Schitt’s Creek” winner Debra Hanson. O’Hara said during the Getty Fires she had three minutes to save her prized possessions.
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‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Masked Singer’ and ‘Maleficent’ Win Top Honors at Costume Designers Guild Awards

‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Masked Singer’ and ‘Maleficent’ Win Top Honors at Costume Designers Guild Awards
The Costume Designers Guild handed out its trophies for the 22nd annual Cdg Awards with “Jojo Rabbit” and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” receiving top honors among the costumers.

In the TV category, the hit “The Masked Singer” and designer Marina Toybina beat out reigning designer Zaldy (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) for excellence in variety, reality-competition, live television.

Mindy Kaling hosted the evening, which celebrated special honorees Charlize Theron, Mary Ellen Fields, Michael Kaplan and Adam McKay.

Catherine O’Hara accepted the award on behalf of “Schitt’s Creek” winner Debra Hanson. O’Hara said during the Getty Fires she had three minutes to save her prized possessions. “I had three minutes to evacuate,” she said. “I grabbed my passport, photos of my two sons and my character’s clothes.”

Kaplan was honored with the career achievement award, presented by J.J. Abrams. The two have worked closely together on numerous projects, including multiple
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‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Knives Out,’ ‘Malificent 2’ Win Top Prizes at Costume Designers Guild Awards

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‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Knives Out,’ ‘Malificent 2’ Win Top Prizes at Costume Designers Guild Awards
Jojo Rabbit,” “Knives Out” and “Malificent: Mistress of Evil” have been named the best-dressed films of 2019 by the Costume Designers Guild, which handed out its annual awards on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

Jojo Rabbit” won in the Excellence in Period Film category, “Maleficent” in the Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film category and “Knives Out” in the Excellence in Contemporary Film category.

Of this year’s winners, only “Jojo Rabbit” is nominated for Oscars in the Best Costume Design category. “Knives Out” and “Malificent” are not, with the Academy’s Costume Designers Branch this year only nominating two of the 15 Cdg nominees, “Jojo” and “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.”

Also Read: Oscar Nominees Luncheon Finds Academy Grappling With Change and Loss

Among the Hollywood guild awards, a Cdg win is not one of the more reliable Oscar predictors. In the previous 21 years, one of the Cdg winners has gone
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Shaquille O’Neal on Kobe Bryant’s Death: ‘I Haven’t Felt a Pain That Sharp in a While’

Shaquille O’Neal on Kobe Bryant’s Death: ‘I Haven’t Felt a Pain That Sharp in a While’
Shaquille O’Neal opened up about the death of his Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant during an emotional TNT tribute to Bryant at the Staples Center on Tuesday. Dwyane Wade, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson, Reggie Miller and Jerry West joined the Lakers basketball legend to pay homage.

“I haven’t felt a pain that sharp in a while,” the visibly shaken O’Neal said of his former teammate, whom he referred to as his “little brother.” The pair had their share of clashes while playing together, but they eventually reconciled.
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Rotterdam: 'Monos' Caps Year of Success for Fest's Ambitious Hubert Bals Fund

Having been in operation for more than 30 years, the Hubert Bals Fund — the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s multifaceted initiative to help feature films from areas of the world where filmmakers receive little or no support — has a somewhat healthy slate of projects bearing its stamp, not to mention a long string of beneficiaries (including the likes of Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Haifaa Al Mansour)

But over the past 12 months it was undoubtedly Monos, Alejandro Landes’ critically acclaimed Colombian war drama, which first bowed in Sundance 2019 and was later distributed by Neon, that was the fund's highest-profile ...
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How The ‘Arrow’ Series Finale Honors ‘The Completion of Oliver’s Mission’

How The ‘Arrow’ Series Finale Honors ‘The Completion of Oliver’s Mission’
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched the “Arrow” series finale.

In the aftermath of Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) death, the CW’s “Arrow” ended with a relatively happy ending.

The post-“Crisis” world revealed that Oliver’s death had indeed been a spark that saved his city, which was now crime-free. Additionally, nearly everyone whom Oliver lost over the years — including his mother Moira (Susanna Thompson), best friend Tommy (Colin Donnell), and foe-turned-friend Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) — was revived. An exception to the rule was Oliver’s father, Robert (Jamey Sheridan), about whom the
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Shaquille O’Neal Remembers Kobe Bryant in Tearful Tribute

Shaquille O’Neal Remembers Kobe Bryant in Tearful Tribute
A tearful Shaquille O’Neal spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday about the death of his former teammate, Kobe Bryant.

“I think a lot of times we take stuff for granted,” O’Neal said during a special edition of TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” Turning to his co-hosts with tears running down his face, O’Neal added, “Like I don’t talk to you guys as much as I need to.” He said of Bryant, “The fact that we’re not going to be able to joke at his Hall of Fame ceremony, we’re not gonna be able say,
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Japan Box Office Leaps to $2.4 Billion Record in 2019

Japan Box Office Leaps to $2.4 Billion Record in 2019
The Japanese box office leaped by 17% in 2019 to set a record $2.4 billion score, according to figures announced Tuesday by the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, locally known as Eirin. The previous high was the $2.2 billion recorded in 2016.

The Makoto Shinkai animation “Weathering with You” was the highest earning film among both local and foreign releases with a gross of $129 million.

Local films took a majority share with 54% or $1.3 billion, while foreign films grabbed a 46% share or $1.1 billion. The market share split was little changed from 2018.

Once again industry leader Toho accounted for the lion’s share of the box office, having handled seven of the top ten local films, including the period actioner “Kingdom” that it co-released with Sony. The other three were released by a resurgent Toei.

Total admissions rose 15% to 195 million, outstripping the growth in the number of operational screens, which edged up from 3,561 the year before
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Shaquille O’Neal Mourns Kobe Bryant: ‘I Haven’t Felt a Pain That Sharp in a While’ (Video)

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Shaquille O’Neal Mourns Kobe Bryant: ‘I Haven’t Felt a Pain That Sharp in a While’ (Video)
Shaquille O’Neal got emotional remembering his Los Angeles Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant during a special tribute to the late NBA star on TNT Tuesday.

“I haven’t felt a pain that sharp in a while,” O’Neal said through tears, recounting the emotion he felt upon first learning the news that Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine people killed in a helicopter crash over the weekend.

“As you know, the last couple months have been really tough. Lost my little sister, haven’t been sleeping, haven’t been doing the normal things I usually do,” he said. “I work, we laugh, we kid, we joke, [but] when I get back home, I look at reality and say she’s gone, it just hurts.”

Also Read: Kobe Bryant, 3 Others Identified by Coroner in Deadly Helicopter Crash

O’Neal said he didn’t believe the news at first, when
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Film News Roundup: Lionsgate Developing ‘Memetic’ Apocalyptic Horror Movie

In today’s film news roundup, Lionsgate is developing graphic novel “Memetic” as a feature, the latest Laura Ziskin Prize is announced and Firelight Media creates a fund for nonfiction filmmakers of color at the mid-career mark.

Project Launches

Lionsgate is in final negotiations for motion picture rights to the apocalyptic horror graphic novel “Memetic” for Point Grey and Boom! Studios to produce.

Mattson Tomlin, who is writing “The Batman” with Matt Reeves directing, has been hired to write the “Memetic” script. Boom published “Memetic,” created by James Tynion IV, in 2015.

“Memetic” centers on a weaponized meme that turns people insane with the world becoming overrun with “meme-zombies.” But on a tiny college campus, an immune college student and an 11 year old genius discover a baffling and controversial antidote that may be the key to saving the world.

Josh Fagen is producing from Point Grey. Meredith Wieck and Scott O’Brien are overseeing for Lionsgate.
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‘The Rhythm Section’ Arrives During Super Bowl Slump Weekend for Box Office

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‘The Rhythm Section’ Arrives During Super Bowl Slump Weekend for Box Office
This weekend’s box office is expected to be a slow one, as new releases “The Rhythm Section” from Paramount and “Gretel & Hansel” from United Artists/Orion aren’t expected to earn opening weekends of more than $15 million due to competition from the Super Bowl.

“This is always a slow weekend since most people are staying home on Sundays to watch football, especially in a year where we have the Chiefs and 49ers, two exciting teams that a lot of people were hoping would play in the championship,” said Exhibitor Relations analyst Jeff Bock. “It also affects Saturday box office as well, since many people are home on that night as well as getting ready for their watch parties.”

Also Read: 'Bad Boys for Life' Leads Box Office Again With $33 Million Weekend

Beyond the NFL, studios are also steering clear of this weekend because of a slew
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Andy Samberg Loved ‘Palm Springs’ Script Because It Was ‘A Little More F—– Up’ Than Traditional Rom-Coms (Video)

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Andy Samberg Loved ‘Palm Springs’ Script Because It Was ‘A Little More F—– Up’ Than Traditional Rom-Coms (Video)
Andy Samberg’s “Palm Springs” just sold for a record-breaking $17.5 million (and 69 cents) at the Sundance Film Festival — and looking back, the actor says he was drawn to the film because it was “a little more f—– up” than traditional rom-coms.

“I liked it — it’s very rare,” Samberg told TheWrap’s Beatrice Verhoeven at the festival. “There are a lot of scripts written and not a lot that I personally like when I read them. [There are] many that I don’t enjoy and then like the movie when I see it later. This one was just super fun and funny and different, it felt like a way to do something that could be considered a rom-com but not in the traditional way. It was… a little more f—– up.”

“I didn’t like it,” star Cristina Milioti joked. “I was like, ‘Please, please don’t, I don’t want to be a part of this,
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‘Sylvie’s Love’: Film Review

‘Sylvie’s Love’: Film Review
Sultry music swells as the camera swoons over a young couple in a tender nighttime embrace. The 1950s residential New York City street is carefully rain-slicked and lined with shiny classic cars: an obvious stage set. Gene Kelly might just have swung on that lamppost; Doris Day might lean out of an upstairs window to sigh at a painted moon. But the canoodling stars of Eugene Ashe’s Sundance competition title “Sylvia’s Love” are black, which is among the sole indications that this weightlessly glossy yet undeniably charming romance is a product of the 21st century. Even so, were we to find out as the credits roll that the film had actually lain undiscovered in some studio vault for five decades, aside from mild surprise that it would make Tessa Thompson quite a bit older than previously suspected, it would actually explain a lot.

More even than Declan Quinn
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Martin Scorsese’s Body of Work Extends Far Beyond Male-Centric Mafia Movies

Martin Scorsese’s Body of Work Extends Far Beyond Male-Centric Mafia Movies
Actors sometimes complain about being typecast, but it’s a fact of life for anyone in entertainment. John Ford is usually labeled a director of Westerns, despite “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Mister Roberts.” David Lean is known for his epics, but he also directed “Brief Encounter” and “Summertime.” Vincente Minnelli? The director of musicals, overlooking “The Bad and the Beautiful,” “Lust for Life” and “Some Came Running.”

Martin Scorsese in the past year has often been described as the director of gangster films, even though that genre represents only five of his 25 narrative films, or roughly 15% of his work, if you add in documentaries.

Scorsese is also typecast as one who makes male-oriented films. This ignores that his breakthrough “Mean Streets,” was bookended by two women-driven films: “Boxcar Bertha” (1972) and “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (1974). The latter film won Ellen Burstyn the Oscar; Scorsese has also directed nine other
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Will Oscar Campaigning Turn to Mudslinging?

Will Oscar Campaigning Turn to Mudslinging?
On March 5, 1963, Army Archerd wrote in Variety: “There’s been a not-so-subtle campaign pyramiding since Oscar nominations that Omar Sharif is an ex-Egyptian soldier who fought in the Israeli War. Forget it: Omar sez: ‘I never fought in any army.’” Archerd also denied the rumor that Sharif was Muslim.

Two big takeaways: 1. Mudslinging during Oscar final voting has been around for a long time; 2. Islamophobia has been around even longer.

Sharif was a sensation in the 1962 “Lawrence of Arabia,” and was nominated for supporting actor. So someone — possibly one of his rivals — started the rumor that since he’s Egyptian, he probably killed a lot of Israelis. It was one of many low points in Oscar campaigning, in which contenders and their reps start whisper campaigns that a rival’s film is seriously flawed, or that the artist is a terrible person.

It’s that time of year: Traditionally, mudslinging starts after noms are announced,
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Netflix to Lay Off 15 Employees as Streamer Shakes Up Marketing Operations

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Netflix will let go of roughly 15 employees in its marketing department as the streamer plans to pare down its marketing operation and strategy, according to an individual with knowledge of the layoffs.

The layoffs are only a small percentage of Netflix’s overall workforce, some 6,900 employees.

The streaming giant hired a new chief marketing officer, Jackie Lee-Joe, in July. Lee-Joe, who came over from BBC Studios following former Cmo Kelly Bennett’s retirement, believed that Netflix over-hired in the marketing department, according to the individual. Her hope is to restructure the team in a more effective and efficient way.

Also Read: Netflix Hires Jackie Lee-Joe as Chief Marketing Officer

While Netflix still plans to promote its individual shows and films, it’s looking to better market the streaming service as a whole.

Netflix’s first-mover advantage in streaming has given it dominance over the space, however, recent service launches such as Disney+,
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