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Trevor Donovan to Star in World War II Action Movie ‘Wolf Hound’

Trevor Donovan to Star in World War II Action Movie ‘Wolf Hound’
90210” alum Trevor Donovan will play a fighter pilot in the World War II action movie “Wolf Hound,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Wolf Hound” is inspired by the real-life plot designed to fly Allied aircraft as Trojan horses behind enemy lines. The action takes place in 1944 as a fighter pilot escorts a B-17 bomber into Nazi territory and engages in a one-on-one aerial joust with a Nazi ace pilot, destroying both of their planes and forcing them to bail out and parachute to the forest floor.

Donovan will play German ace Major Erich Rall. Donovan’s real-life grandfather served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, along with his uncle Cedrick, who was in the Army and received two Purple Hearts. James Maslow will also star in “Wolf Hound” as a fighter pilot for the Allies.

Michael B. Chait will be making his feature directorial debut with “Wolf Hound.
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Exclusive: Oz Perkins to Direct ‘Gretel and Hansel’ for ‘La La Land’ Producer

Exclusive: Oz Perkins to Direct ‘Gretel and Hansel’ for ‘La La Land’ Producer
Rising genre filmmaker Oz Perkins has signed on to direct Gretel and Hansel for Orion Pictures and Automatik Entertainment, Collider has exclusively learned. Rob Hayes (Netflix's Chewing Gum) wrote the script, which sources describe as a faithful version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale about a pair of siblings kidnapped by a terrifying witch who lives in the surrounding woods. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Sinister) and Fred Berger (La La Land) will produce for Automatik, and production is expected to start this fall in Europe. The Hansel and Gretel fairy tale has served as the basis for countless adaptations and …
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Saban Films Lands U.S. Rights To Val Kilmer Thriller ‘The Super;’ Sets October 19 Bow

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Saban Films Lands U.S. Rights To Val Kilmer Thriller ‘The Super;’ Sets October 19 Bow
Exclusive: Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to The Super, the Stephan Rick-directed genre thriller that stars Top Gun 2‘s Val Kilmer and Chicago P.D.‘s Patrick John Flueger. The film was scripted by Black Swan’s John J. McLaughlin based on an idea by Law & Order creator/producer Dick Wolf, who produced through his company Wolf Entertainment alongside Tom Thayer, Patrick Rizzotti and Brett Forbes. Saban Films has set an October 19 release and the film should play through Halloween and on VOD.

The Super centers on the mysterious disappearance of several tenants at a luxury New York City apartment building. Phil Lodge (Flueger), the building’s new superintendent and a former NYPD officer, immediately suspects Walter (Kilmer), the strange maintenance man. With his daughters’ lives on the line, Phil must decipher the cryptic riddles in which Walter speaks to solve the disappearances before it’s too late.
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Ralph Fiennes’ ‘The White Crow’ Picked Up at Sony Pictures Classics

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Ralph Fiennes’ ‘The White Crow’ Picked Up at Sony Pictures Classics
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights for Ralph Fiennes’ film “The White Crow,” the studio said on Monday.

The film, based on the book “Rudolf Nureyev: The Life” by Julie Kavanaugh, was directed by Fiennes and written by Oscar-nominated David Hare. Along with North America, Sony nabbed rights to distribute the film in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, and Benelux.

The White Crow” captures the physicality and brilliance of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, whose escape to the West stunned the world at the height of the Cold War. Nureyev emerged as one of ballet’s most famous stars, and though seen as a wild and beautiful dancer he was limited by the world of 1950s Leningrad. His flirtation with Western artists and ideas led him into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with the Kgb. The film offers insight into Nureyev’s dangerous defection, masterminded by the dancer’s great friend,
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‘What Men Want’ Trailer: Taraji P. Henson Can Hear All Of Your Misogynistic Thoughts

‘What Men Want’ Trailer: Taraji P. Henson Can Hear All Of Your Misogynistic Thoughts
Taraji P. Henson and director Adam Shankman are flipping the script on Mel Gibson and Nancy Meyer’s 2000 romantic-comedy “What Women Want” with Paramount’s 2019 comedy “What Men Want.” The film stars Henson as a sports agent who is gifted with the power of hearing her male co-worker’s thoughts, which gives her an unexpected professional edge but a personal life crisis. The supporting cast includes Max Greenfield, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tracy Morgan, and Aldis Hodge.

What Men Want” is Shankman’s first directorial effort since 2012’s “Rock of Ages.” The director is also known for “Bringing Down the House” and “Hairspray.” The movie will kickoff a busy 2019 for Henson, including her role in the drama “The Best of Enemies.” The actress starred in “Proud Mary” and “Acrimony” this year and has a voice role in Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” in theaters November 21.

Paramount Pictures will open “What Men Want
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‘Climax’ Trailer: Gaspar Noé Invites You To A Provocative, Strobe-Lit Pary

Director Gaspar Noé is not one to hide anything from the camera. In fact, with a Noé vehicle, audiences can expect high-intensity exposure, culminating in an intoxicating experience like none other. With credits to his name like “Love” and “Enter The Void,” Noé is poised to take audiences on another provocative, strobe-lit ride with “Climax.”

Read More: Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’: An Orgy Of Sex, Drugs, Horror & Death [Cannes Review]

Noé’s feature premiered at the recent Cannes Film Festival and, to his surprise, received the top honor at the Directors’ Fortnight by winning the Art Cinema Award.

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‘Climax’ First Trailer: Gaspar Noé and A24 Invite You to a Wild Dance Party in Hell

‘Climax’ First Trailer: Gaspar Noé and A24 Invite You to a Wild Dance Party in Hell
Gaspar Noé was bracing for controversy when he brought his new film “Cimax” to the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, but the title ended up being one of the event’s most universally-beloved movies. Noé’s first directorial effort since “Love,” “Climax” stars Sofia Boutella as the leader of a dance troupe who find themselves plunged into chaos after a late night dance party.

The official synopsis from distributor A24 reads: “The troupe begins an all-night celebration that turns nightmarish as the dancers discover they’ve been pounding cups of sangria laced with potent LSD. Tracking their journey from jubilation to chaos and full-fledged anarchy, Noé observes crushes, rivalries, and violence amid a collective psychedelic meltdown.”

Starring opposite Sofia Boutella is a cast of professional dancers. The movie won the Art Cinema Award at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. IndieWire’s Eric Kohn gave “Climax” an A- review, calling it the
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Queen Bee: Jodie Mack in Locarno

“All this yellow and black makes me think of bumble bees,” says Jodie Mack as she clambers up onto a chair in the Piazza Grande in Locarno. “Not leopards.” At the premiere of her new movie, The Grand Bizarre, Mack coaxed a world-weary festival audience into singing happy birthday to her mother as she stood, conductor-like, in front of the screen recording us on her cell phone. No small feat to wheedle that response out of such a tired group of people. What’s great about Jodie Mack movies—not simply Jodie Mack herself—is an all-encompassing exuberance and an overwhelming generosity of spirit. Moment to moment, her movies contain more bombastic pleasure than just about anybody currently working in American cinema. Her art, for the most part, is a breathless reconfiguration of tablecloths, towels, dresses, and other everyday fabrics, into abstracted intersections of colliding colors and patterns. Meanwhile, what
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Waiting For the Hidden One: Eugène Green Discusses “How Fernando Pessoa Saved Portugal"

With director Eugène Green, it’s always key to be attentive to one’s surroundings. Accordingly, French cinema’s foremost native New Yorker agreed to meet me on a picturesque piazza where he was spending the morning with an espresso and getting some writing done. Green had arrived in muggy Locarno, Switzerland for the premiere of his newest work, the “mini-film,” How Fernando Pessoa Saved Portugal. One of the twentieth century’s leading modernist writers, Pessoa might seem an unlikely subject for Green—particularly for audiences only partially familiar with the filmmaker’s work (including a great deal of writing not yet translated into English), for whom Green may be associated first and foremost with the baroque, one of his films' predominant themes. But Green remains concerned above all with the present, even as he advocates for a vision of the good life rather at odds with the proverbial "way we live now.
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Close-Up on Jacques Doillon's "The Little Gangster"

Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Jacques Doillon's The Little Gangster (1990) is showing August 7 – September 6, 2018 in the United States.He could have been a good kid. It's obvious from the way he flusters the first time he holds up a store with his father-in-law's gun. When the cashier tells him it's impossible to open the register without a sale, he frowns, grabs a bottle of shampoo from the rack, reaches into his pocket, pulls out some change, and tells her that she can take it out of the FR500 he originally demanded. It's obvious he never wanted to hurt anyone; his threats were meant more to steel himself than to actually terrify the cashier.If only he wasn't poor. If only he didn't have an alcoholic, suicidal mother or an absent, violent father. If only he was smarter or more clever and the people
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‘Better Call Saul’ Review: ‘Breathe’ Ups the Stakes to Lethal In a Tense and Tough Episode

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‘Better Call Saul’ Review: ‘Breathe’ Ups the Stakes to Lethal In a Tense and Tough Episode
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Better Call Saul” Season 4 Episode 2, “Breathe.”]

Case Summary

We begin with a reminder that when a cartel man goes down, he is not forgotten — watching Don Hector get examined by some of the Salamanca men, it’s clear there’s real interest in ensuring that whatever led to his current medical condition was not the result of outside influences (and the fact that they’re suspicious makes it very clear that Nacho’s paranoia was more than justified).

Meanwhile, we get a deeper understanding of Mike’s motivations for invading a Madrigal facility in last week’s episode, as he and Lydia have a face-to-face encounter that ends on a slightly chilling note: “At the moment, you have Gus Fring’s respect. I’d want to keep that if I were you.”

Plus, Jimmy’s doing his best to move on following Chuck’s funeral, hitting the job hunt on an intense level,
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‘Andi Mack’ Wraps up a Thought-Provoking Second Season Filled With Unexpected Revelations About Sexuality and Identity

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers about “Andi Mack” Season 2, including its finale.]

Amidst a month filled with culturally relevant movies and TV shows starring actors of Asian descent, add Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack,” which wrapped up its second season Monday night. While the series never leaned too heavily on its characters’ Asian roots, it didn’t ignore them either. This season sprinkled in a Chinese New Year celebration, a dumpling-making bonding session, and a significant use of the yin-yang symbol.

But at heart, “Andi Mack” is the coming-of-age story of bubbly teenager Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) who just wants to make art, hang with her friends, and see her single parents marry each other. Season 1 was concerned with her adjusting to big revelations — the people she thought were her parents are really her grandparents, and her cool older sister Bex (Lilan Bowden) is actually her mom — while this season deepened that mother-daughter bond to a “Gilmore Girls” level.

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‘Insatiable’: Gauging the Odds for Season 2 After What Looked Like a Disastrous Debut

‘Insatiable’: Gauging the Odds for Season 2 After What Looked Like a Disastrous Debut
Within six minutes, “Insatiable” tosses out a joke so offensive even a great series might not come back from it. When Bob Armstrong, who’s somehow the second best attorney / beauty pageant coach in a small Georgian town, reveals he’s been accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl, he quips, “I was an accused molester saying the victim had made it up — which was almost as bad as if I’d actually done it.”

Whether this is the pitch-black satire “Insatiable’s” lonely defenders claim pervades the whole series or just a really tone-deaf means to score pity points for a down-on-his-luck wealthy white guy, nothing that comes after this eye-opening faux pas contradicts the idea Bob put out in the world: that being falsely accused of sexually assaulting a minor is as bad as doing it. From this point forward, Lauren GussisNetflix original series only invokes more causes for concern,
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Nerdist Issues Statement Distancing Itself From Chris Hardwick After Restoring His Name to Website

Nerdist Issues Statement Distancing Itself From Chris Hardwick After Restoring His Name to Website
Chris Hardwick’s name was recently restored the Nerdist website following an investigation into claims of abuse by his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, and the change hasn’t gone unnoticed. Writer Donna Dickens announced that she would no longer be contributing to the website, and now Nerdist has addressed Hardwick’s restoration in a tweet emphasizing that he hasn’t been actively involved with the company since last year.

“Last week, our parent company completed its investigation into the allegations against Chris Hardwick and issued a statement on our site that reinstated a mention of Hardwick as the founder of Nerdist, which is factually true,” the new statement begins. “This statement is not intended to imply any change in our ongoing support of women and victims, nor does it change our business relationship with Hardwick, which concluded in 2017.”

“Our shows and stories are created by a team of people dedicated to
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The Best Debut Movie Performances of All Time — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

From Helena Howard in “Madeline’s Madeline” to almost the whole cast in “Skate Kitchen,” this summer has been rife with unforgettable debut performances from movie stars in the making. With that in mind, we asked our panel of critics to name the greatest film debuts of all time.

Ethan Warren (@ethanrawarren), Bright Wall/Dark Room

Out of any question I’ve been posed for this survey, this one provoked the most agony in narrowing it down to just one. But with my back to the wall, I have to go with a performance so towering, so iconic that it’s sort of flabbergasting to remember it’s a feature film debut: Julie Andrews in “Mary Poppins.” She’d been starring on Broadway for a decade, but being good onstage is no
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‘The Happytime Murders’: It’s Zero Sesame, All Street In The Latest Nsfw Trailer

Have you ever wondered what the Muppets are up to when the kids aren’t around? It’s an odd question, but it is the one that audiences will get an answer to with “The Happytime Murders.”

In a dirty, neo-noir someone out there, is killing puppets. What kind of a criminal would commit such a heinous crime? Rest assured, Officers Connie Edwards and Phil Philips are on the (highly R-rated) case.

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‘A Land Imagined’ Review: A Dreamy Neo-Noir that Unfolds Like a Singaporean ‘Chinatown’

‘A Land Imagined’ Review: A Dreamy Neo-Noir that Unfolds Like a Singaporean ‘Chinatown’
Singapore is 22% larger than it was in 1965, and home to twice as many people. That sort of thing doesn’t happen naturally — but, thanks to the industrial sorcery of land reclamation (a process that involves importing rock and sand from other places and using them to build out the seas), there’s almost no limit to the boundaries of urban development. Who needs oceans when you could have a globally interconnected network of strip malls, office parks, and power plants? Now that human civilization’s disastrous effect on the environment is already past the point of no return, what’s the harm in just terraforming the rest of the Earth?

The newly crowned winner of this year’s Locarno International Film Festival, Yeo Siew Hua’s “A Land Imagined” attempts to answer those questions by distilling them into an elusive dream noir that borrows from a dozen bigger movies in
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Highlighting The Silent Close-Ups In The Films Of Denis Villeneuve

One of the profound stylistic elements of a Denis Villeneuve vehicle is the camerawork. Over his career, Villeneuve has worked with cinematographers Bradford Young, Andre Turpin, and recent Oscar-winner Roger Deakins, to capture grand vistas and explore the vast landscapes and close-quartered rooms of his worlds. What may go unmentioned, however, are the intimate, reflexive close-ups featured throughout his work. Here, fans of the director are given a composite of those silent close-ups.

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‘Suspiria’: New Look At Tilda Swinton As Madame Blanc Is Gloriously Witchy

There’s a strange phenomenon almost fanboy/girl-esque hysteria brewing with, of all things, director Luca Guadagnino‘s remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 horror film “Suspiria.” Hey, we’re all for it, but it’s almost disarmingly odd that some moviegoers seem more psyched for it than any other major blockbuster, superhero movie or big event movie this year. It’s heartening, really, but just maybe a little surprising.

Guadagnino, of course, directed the Oscar-nominated “Call Me By Your Name” and 2016’s “A Bigger Splash,” ironically another remake.

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‘The Runaways’ Teaser: Hulu Announces The Superhero Teen Drama Returns In December

There have been fast and loose rumors that Marvel TV could swing back into the control of Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige after the 20th Century Fox/Disney deal is done sometime in 2019. And frankly, that feels, given how many different wheels and cogs there are at Marvel and all the disparate networks they work with—ABC, Fox, Netflix, Hulu, FreeForm, etc.— like serious wishful thinking.

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