Owen Vaccaro to Star Opposite Cate Blanchett in ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ (Exclusive)
The novel tells the tale of a recently orphaned 10-year-old boy, played by Vaccaro, who discovers a world of hidden passageways, magic, and danger in his uncle’s old house.
Production begins next month with no release date set at this time.
Vaccaro broke out in the Paramount comedy “Daddy’s Home” as Will Ferrell’s stepson and Mark Wahlberg’s biological son and can be seen reprising the role in “Daddy’s Home 2” opening November 10, with Mel Gibson and »
- Justin Kroll
Kaya Scodelario, Josh Hutcherson to Star in Action-Romance ‘Die in a Gunfight’
The Mark Gordon Company is producing the film, with photography set to begin next month in Boston. Collin Schiffli will direct the film. His 2014 movie “Animals” won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival.
Scodelario and Hutcherson will play the star-crossed lovers who share an eagerness to break from the confines of their lives that fuels their passion for each other and leads to an all-out struggle for their love against a backdrop of corporate espionage, revenge, and a long-standing feud between their families. Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, who teamed on Marvel’s upcoming “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” wrote the screenplay. »
- Dave McNary
Kevin Hart's 'Night School' Adds Megalyn Echikunwoke (Exclusive)
Based on a story by Hart, Night School follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes with the long shot hope that they'll pass the Ged exam.
- Ashley Lee
Shirley MacLaine Joins Anna Kendrick in Female Santa Claus Movie ‘Nicole’ (Exclusive)
The movie revolves around Santa’s daughter, presumably the titular Nicole, who is forced to take over the family business when her father retires and brother ends up getting cold feet prior to his first big Christmas Eve flight. MacLaine will play Elf Polly who was Nicole’s nanny and helped raise her all of her life.
- Justin Kroll
'It' Sequel Gets September 2019 Release Date
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is getting ready to terrorize audiences all over again.
Since its debut earlier this month, the film adaptation of Stephen King's book has shattered numerous records, including becoming the top-grossing horror film of all time, not adjusting for inflation. The Exorcist, released in 1973, made $233 million in North America and $441.3 million worldwide, but the domestic portion swells to $917.5 million when adjusting for inflation.
It has earned »
- Pamela McClintock
Release Date of “I, Tonya” Hints at Oscar Aspirations
The movie I, Tonya, made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier in the year. Viewers gave the movie stellar reviews largely based on the performances of Margot Robbie and Allison Janney. Based on a true life story (which Robbie was totally oblivious to, even after reading the script) of Tonya Harding. It is scheduled to open in theaters on December 8th after its rights were bought by Neon for a hefty price tag of $5 million. That is a considerable sum to pay for a biopic, especially about ice skating. The fact that Robbie, at age 27,
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- Nat Berman
Denis Villeneuve Says ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Will Be His Director’s Cut
Upon its release in 1982, “Blade Runner” had so much studio interference, that its history has been plagued with ups and downs. Receiving mixed reviews, the film came and went upon release, but ended up receiving a cult following on home video, which had its director Ridley Scott amped up and screening his own versions to audiences around the country for the next few years. There have been several versions of “Blade Runner,” seven to be specific, but the ultimate version will always be “The Final Cut” which got rid of the narration, left us with an extra final brilliant shot, and fixed many of the plot holes that were present in the original.
- Jordan Ruimy
Quentin Tarantino Is Totally Down to Direct a ‘Star Trek’ Movie and Already Has Ideas
We’re not sure when we’ll be getting another Star Trek to follow up Star Trek Beyond, but we do know that Paramount Pictures isn’t too happy with franchise producer J.J. Abrams after he decided to head back to Lucasfilm and Disney to direct Star Wars: Episode IX. The good news is that they don’t have to […]
- Ethan Anderton
‘The Princess Bride’ Turns 30: Rob Reiner, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal Dish About Making the Cult Classic
It’s no secret “The Princess Bride” was not a box office success when it opened in 1987. And it’s also no secret that thanks to home video, cable, DVD, and now Blu-ray, the charmingly funny fractured fairy tale directed by Rob Reiner and adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel, has become part of the cultural landscape.
Stars Chris Sarandon, Cary Elwes, and Wallace Shawn once did a Q&A after a screening for an audience of 5,000 people. Rabid fans approached the stars reciting their lines — especially Mandy Patinkin’s “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die,” and Shawn’s “Inconceivable.” Even Ted Cruz reenacted the hilarious scene featuring Billy Crystal as Miracle Max and Carol Kane as his wife Valerie during the 2016 presidential campaign.
But did you know the film once saved a woman’s life?
“Honestly, I’m not making this up,” said Reiner. »
- Susan King
Harry Knowles Sex-Assault Allegations Prompt Staff Exodus at Ain't It Cool News
Several writers have resigned from the influential movie site Ain't It Cool News (AICN) after a woman came forward to accuse that site's 45-year-old founder, Harry Knowles, of having sexually assaulted her nearly two decades ago.
In a statement posted Monday to Twitter, Steve Prokopy, a Chicago-based writer who signs his reviews "Capone," called the choice to leave the site "a remarkably easy decision to make."
"I sincerely hope that the women impacted by any of these incidents have received all the support and strength they need to recover and heal," Prokopy said.
Eric Vespe, who wrote »
- Seth Abramovitch
Third ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Short Prequel to Be Unveiled in Japan on Tuesday
“Blade Runner Black Out 2022” is the last of three short prequels commissioned by Alcon Entertainment to help bridge the gap between the end of the original “Blade Runner,” whose events wrapped up in 2019, and the highly anticipated sequel set 30 years later. The first prequel, “2036: Nexus Dawn,” was released Aug. 30, and the second, “2048: Nowhere to Run,” dropped Sept. 15. Both were directed by Luke Scott, the son of original “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott.
Watanabe says in a trailer shown in Japan that “Blade Runner” was the biggest inspiration for him to work in the animation industry. Watanabe also says that he was eager to »
- Variety Japan
San Sebastián: Director Ivana Mladenovic on ‘Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari’
San Sebastian — “Boy or girl?” jokes Adi (Adrian Schiop), poking the vast dome of a belly of boyfriend Alberto (Pavel Vasile-Digudai), who lies on his sofa, on which he takes up frequent residence, in the mid-stretch of “Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari.”
Even in physical terms, the love story of Adi, a wiry thin-rim-glassed intellectual and Alberto, an young ox of a man who has gone to fat, seems a near surreal conjunction. And sex is one of the best things the couple’s got going for them.
Adi and Alberto meet when Adi moves into a dreary flat in the Ferentari Roma neighborhood of Bucharest, to research a doctorate on menele, Roma urban folk music. But homosexuality is frowned upon in Ferentari. The lovers can frolic together in a park in the rich part of Bucharest, but not even hold hands in the neighborhood. Adi comes from Romania’s middle-class, a »
- John Hopewell
Tommy Lee Jones to Head Tokyo Festival Jury
Veteran American actor, Tommy Lee Jones will head the competition jury at next month’s Tokyo International Film Festival.
The 30th edition of the festival will run Oct. 25 – Nov. 3 in venues across Tokyo. It will open with Japanese fantasy film “Fullmetal Alchemist” and close with Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”
Jones will be joined on the jury by Belgian director Martin Provost (“Serafine”,) Iranian writer-director and producer Reza Mirkarimi, Japanese actor Masatoshi Nagase, and Chinese actress, director and investor Vicky Zhao Wei.
The jury will decide a Grand Prix, a jury prize, best director, screenplay, actor, actress and artistic contribution prizes.
The 15 films in competition, mostly hailing from Asia, Central Asia and Europe, include: erotic crime thriller “Gutland”; “The Lowlife,” adapted from a novelist by a Japanese porn starlet; Vanessa Paradis in another female-focused drama “Maryline”; and Jean-Marc Barr in “Grain,” a Turkish sci-fi film with strong environmental themes.
- Patrick Frater
Koch Media Nabs Italian Distribution Rights to Horror Film ‘Nest’
It also teams Argentine producer Juan Crespo at Buenos Aires’ 3C Film Group and partner Marcelo Altmark. In development, psychological horror movie “Nest” will shoot in a studio in Italy with only two thesps, an Italian actress and Argentine actor, under director Mattia Temponi. Argentina will host the film’s post-production stage. 80% of co-production will be Italian; 20% Argentine, Seregni said at San Sebastián.
“Nest” was unveiled Monday during a panel that celebrated the entry of Italy as a country member of the Ibermedia film fund, joining Latin America, Spain and Portugal.
“Italy’s arrival alleviates the deficit from the respective crises of members such as Brazil, Venezuela and Spain,” said Ibermedia co-production and distribution co-ordinator Victor Sánchez.
Chiara Fortuna, at Italy’s Mibact government funding entity, gave »
- Emiliano De Pablos
‘Kevin Can Wait’ Spent Less Than One Minute Mourning Erinn Hayes’ Character in Season 2 Premiere
Erinn Hayes’ last episode of “Kevin Can Wait” was not only shared with her Season 2 replacement, Leah Remini, but it was titled “Sting of Queens” — as if the creators’ long con to swap out Kevin James’ wives was already underway.
The series got such a bad rap after announcing it was letting Hayes go, viewers might have expected them to deal with her character’s departure with grace and respect. After all, even fans who weren’t overwhelmed by the news would need a good reason to forget about a woman they spent 24 episodes getting to know during Season 1.
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- Ben Travers
San Sebastian Film Review: ‘Mademoiselle Paradis’
It’s the kind of teasing what-if with which we begin torturing ourselves as children: If you had to choose one, would you rather be deaf or blind? Would you rather have the gift of sight for a brief time only to have it taken away, or never know exactly what you’re missing? And if regaining your vision meant losing your most unique talent, would you take that trade? For blind Austrian pianist Maria Theresia “Resi” Paradis, the latter wasn’t a hypothesis or a choice, but a perverse quandary into which her body threw her — not that the draconian patriarchy of the late 18th century would have permitted her much say either way. A fresh, inquisitive portrait of her pivotal teenage years from director Barbara Albert, “Mademoiselle Paradis” is less interested in its subject’s potted biography than in how her era’s vicious politics of class and gender affected her plight. The »
- Guy Lodge
San Sebastián: 5 Directions Public Film Funding is Heading in Europe
San Sebastian — A new public film funding mindset is emerging in Europe. Moderated with brio by SampoMedia/Michael Gubbins, himself head of Wales Film Cymru, one of the U.K.’s biggest regional funds, a San Sebastian panel – The Bigger Picture: A Fresh Approach to Public Film Funding – set out some of its evolving priorities. The presence on the table of Eurimages’ Enrico Vannucci and Creative Europe’s Media Program head Lucía Recalde led a pan-European weight to discussion. Here are five major takeaways from a largely consensus debate:
A phrase first used by Recalde, suggesting room for collaboration between the E.U’s Media Program and Eurimages.
The concept of “de-siloing,” whether across national boundaries or sectors, was, however, approved by many of the panelists who also took in producers – Czech Artemio Benki, analysts – Ilse Schooneknaep at Smit/Brussels Vrij U; – and, among other policy makers: Gubbins, the »
- John Hopewell
Never go back: why the Terminator reunion may be a recipe for failure
Restoring Linda Hamilton and James Cameron to the man versus the machines saga could be a smart move, but plenty of great directors – from Ridley Scott to George Lucas – have stalled when returning to past glories
In the realm of Hollywood sci-fi, only one future is guaranteed. If a movie finds even a modicum of success with audiences, it will eventually be remade or turned into the starting point for a franchise. Who would have thought that a well-received but largely forgotten 1973 thriller about a wild west-style amusement park whose android cowboys turn on their guests would spark the best new television show of last year, in HBO’s Westworld? And who might have imagined in 1984 that The Terminator, a low budget futuristic vision from rookie film-maker James Cameron, would still be knocking around Hollywood 20 years after the date upon which the machines were supposed to have destroyed human civilisation? »
- Ben Child
‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Warner Bros. Animations claims the top spot in spending with “The Lego Ninjago Movie.”
Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $4.38 million through Sunday for 1,227 national ad airings across 48 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Sept. 18-24. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Warner Bros. prioritized budget across networks including ABC, Comedy Central and NBC, and targeted a sports-fan crowd with airings during NFL Football and College Football games. It also prioritized spend during shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Big Bang Theory and South Park.
Just behind “The Lego Ninjago Movie” in second place: Universal Pictures’ “American Made,” which saw 883 national ad airings across 41 networks, with an estimated media value of $4.31 million. Notably, »
Film Review: Chadwick Boseman in ‘Marshall’
If comic-book superheroes get origin stories, why shouldn’t Supreme Court justices? With its punchy, one-word title, “Marshall” sounds like it might be our introduction to some kind of pulp enforcer, but is in fact the story of ambitious young civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall — who would go on to become the first African-American associate justice named to the highest court in the land — and one of his early cases, reminiscent of the one Atticus Finch tries in “To Kill a Mockinbird,” in which a terrified black chauffeur stands accused of the rape and attempted murder of his white employer.
How appropriate then that the title role should go to Chadwick Boseman, the handsome, fast-rising star who has played heroes both real (Jackie Robinson in “42”) and imaginary (Black Panther in the upcoming Marvel film), and who balances the two in this performance, offsetting Marshall’s mythic stature as the chief counsel for the NAACP with those qualities »
- Peter Debruge
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