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Looks Like Harley Quinn Will Be in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad After All

Looks Like Harley Quinn Will Be in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad After All
Last week it was reported that James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad would be a complete overhaul of the franchise and would not tie into the first film. It was also said that Harley Quinn would not appear in the movie.

Well, Forbes has offered an update on their previous report and in the update that say that Harley Quinn is, in fact, expected to be in The Suicide Squad. She is part of the most recent draft of the script. They also report that the movie will start shooting sooner than expected:

"I have learned from sources close to production that in fact, the information about Harley Quinn being absent from the new Suicide Squad movie is no longer up to date -- she is indeed expected to appear in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, which is expected to begin production later this year."

What isn’t made clear
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Queen and Adam Lambert to perform on the 2019 Oscars; Kacey Musgraves, Serena Williams added as presenters

Queen and Adam Lambert to perform on the 2019 Oscars; Kacey Musgraves, Serena Williams added as presenters
Queen will rock the Oscars this Sunday night. The classic rock band featured in the blockbuster film “Bohemian Rhapsody” is presumed to be the opening act for the 91st annual Academy Awards slated for this Sunday, February 24, on ABC. Original members Brian May and Roger Taylor along with front-man Adam Lambert will take to the stage. Rami Malek is nominated as Best Actor for playing legendary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991. The news was confirmed Monday on the Twitter accounts of @adamlambert and @TheAcademy.

Over the weekend, two-time Oscar nominee Bette Midler confirmed on her own Twitter page (@bettemidler) that she will be performing Best Original Song nominee “Where the Lost Things Go.” The tune from “Mary Poppins Returns” was originally sung by Emily Blunt in the film.
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Scott Z. Burns Hired To Rewrite ‘Bond 25’ For Director Cary Fukunaga [Exclusive]

Scott Z. Burns Hired To Rewrite ‘Bond 25’ For Director Cary Fukunaga [Exclusive]
Reports surfaced last night: the 25th James Bond movie is being delayed. Pushing off from its intended Valentine’s Day 2020 release date, MGM will now open the movie two months later on Easter, April 8, 2020. ‘Bond 25’ is looking down the barrel of a gun: an impending April start date and a script that no one is entirely happy with.

Sources close to the project tell us that Scott Z. Burns
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Ai Weiwei Was Cut From 'Berlin, I Love You' Because Backers Feared a China Backlash

Ai Weiwei Was Cut From 'Berlin, I Love You' Because Backers Feared a China Backlash
A segment of the ensemble drama Berlin, I Love You, directed by and starring Chinese dissent artist Ai Weiwei, was cut from the final version of the movie because some of the producers and financiers of the film feared a backlash from China.

The romantic drama — featuring 10 short films from 10 different directors all set in the German capital and centered on the subject of love — was released Feb. 8 in the U.S. by Saban Films. Berlin, I Love You is the latest installment in the City of Love series created by Emmanuel Benbihy, which also features Paris, je t'...
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‘The Souvenir’ Trailer: Honor Swinton Byrne Acts Alongside Her Mother in the Acclaimed Sundance Romance

One imagines it would be incredibly intimidating for any woman to perform opposite Tilda Swinton in their first major role, imagine if the Academy Award winning acting idol was also your mother.

Honor Swinton Byrne will likely not be accused of having a career owed to nepotism, going off earlier reactions to “The Souvenir” – winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Award at this past Sundance.

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‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Honest Trailer: So Good That It Might Make You Forget About ‘Bee Movie’

‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Honest Trailer: So Good That It Might Make You Forget About ‘Bee Movie’
What happens when you take a dragon and cross it with all your favorite internet cat videos? You get the adorable Toothless in the animated fantasy adventure franchise How to Train Your Dragon. Now the the final installment of the DreamWorks Animation franchise, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, is hitting theaters this […]

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‘The Souvenir’ Trailer: Discover the Power of Joanna Hogg’s Sundance Darling

‘The Souvenir’ Trailer: Discover the Power of Joanna Hogg’s Sundance Darling
One of the narrative features everyone couldn’t stop buzzing about at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year was British writer-director Jonna Hogg’s “The Souvenir.” A cinematic memoir that finds the filmmaker reaching into and reflecting on her past, “The Souvenir” takes a rather traditional story of two mismatched lovers and their destructive relationship and fills it with such intimate details that the story beats feel shockingly new. The drama features two breakthrough performances by Honor Swinton Byrne (daughter of Tilda) and Tom Burke that are bound to go down as two of the year’s most memorable.

The official synopsis from A24 reads: “A shy but ambitious film student (Byrne) begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Burke). She defies her protective mother (Tilda Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense,
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Movies Featured More Female Protagonists in 2018, But It’s Not All Good News (Study)

Movies Featured More Female Protagonists in 2018, But It’s Not All Good News (Study)
Halloween,” “A Star is Born,” and “Crazy Rich Asians” made headlines for featuring strong roles for women, but even though the number of female film protagonists hit a high in 2018, the movie industry still offered its juiciest parts to men.

At a time when Hollywood is under pressure to become more inclusive and is being publicly encouraged to create more movies about women and people of color, the percentage of films featuring female protagonists rose to 31%, according to a new report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. The good news is that’s an increase of seven percentage points from 2017, and also narrowly beats a previous high of 29% which was logged in 2016.

And yet even as they took center stage, key supporting roles remained out of reach for actresses. Women played only 36% of major characters in the top grossing movies,
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It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World Report 2018 Offers Mixed Results on Gender Equality

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It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World Report 2018 Offers Mixed Results on Gender Equality
The 2018 It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World report has been released by Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television at San Diego State University, and the numbers don’t inspire much confidence. Just 35 percent of the year’s top-grossing movies featured 10 or more female characters in speaking roles, compared to 82 percent for men. Females comprised 35 percent of all speaking characters, up one percentage point from 2017, and 36 percent of major characters, a decrease of one percentage point.

In better the news, 31 percent of films featured a female protagonist — an increase of seven percent from 2017 and a “recent historical high,” according to the study. “2018 may be remembered as the year in which things were not quite as they appeared for female characters,” Lauzen explained.

“While female protagonists rebounded last year, slightly besting the previous high achieved in 2016, the percentages of females as speaking
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The Morning Watch: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ VFX Breakdown, The Broken Formula of Music Biopics & More

The Morning Watch: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ VFX Breakdown, The Broken Formula of Music Biopics & 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, see how the visual effects of Alita: Battle […]

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Why A Star is Born should win the best picture Oscar

Once the clear frontrunner, Bradley Cooper’s musical romance now seems doomed. A victim of its own shortcomings or the environment it now finds itself in?

The Favourite, Black Panther, Roma and more: read the rest of our best picture Oscar hustings

For most contenders, the road to the Oscar is strewn with speedbumps and potholes. The graph vacillates wildly, peaking after good reviews or buzzy publicity, troughing as sex scandals come to light or a key Tweeter clocks some questionable politics in the plot.

The path of A Star is Born has been striking for the consistency of its gradient: downhill all the way. After premiering to swoons at Venice last August, it’s gone from bet-your-granny lock to total no-hoper, without so much of a cameo as underdog.
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Oscar-nominated drama 'Never Look Away' picked up by Modern Films for UK (exclusive)

2018 Venice Competition title is nominated for this year’s foreign-language Oscar.

Modern Films has bought UK rights to Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away from Beta Cinema.

The German and Russian- language film premiered in Competition at the Venice Film Festival last year. It is nominated for best foreign-language film and best cinematography at this year’s Academy Awards.

Spanning three decades of 20th century German history, Never Look Away stars Tom Schilling as a young art student who falls in love with a fellow student played by Paula Beer. Her father, portrayed by Sebastian Koch, disapproves of
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Bond 25: more delays as new writer hired to overhaul script

Release date pushed back to April 2020 following another twist in production of Daniel Craig’s swansong as 007

The recently announced two-month delay to the next James Bond movie is due to extensive script changes, it has been reported.

According to the Playlist, Bourne Ultimatum writer Scott Z Burns has been hired to rewrite the screenplay for Daniel Craig’s fifth – and supposedly final – outing as 007. Burns, with script credits on the Steven Soderbergh films Contagion, Side Effects and The Laundromat, as well as writing and directing CIA torture drama The Report, is reportedly currently at work on the film. The delay was due to his preparing The Report for its premiere at the recently concluded Sundance film festival, where it was purchased by Amazon for $14m in a big-money deal.
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Colin Farrell To Star in Andrew Haigh’s BBC Two Thriller ‘The North Water’

Colin Farrell To Star in Andrew Haigh’s BBC Two Thriller ‘The North Water’
Colin Farrell is set to star in “The North Water,” the BBC Two thriller which will be directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh (“Lean on Pete”).

Based on Ian McGuire’s novel, the four-part series is being adapted by Haigh and produced by See-Saw Films for BBC Two.

Set in the U.K. and in the Arctic wasteland in the late 1850s, “The North Water” tells the story of Patrick Sumner, a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic in search of redemption. But instead, he finds himself on an ill-fated journey with Henry Drax (Farrell), a murderous psychopath he meets while on board.

“Casting the right leads is the most important part of any project and I’m thrilled to have Colin Farrell on board. I am a huge admirer of his work and can’t wait to
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Colin Farrell boards Andrew Haigh's 'The North Water' series for See-Saw, BBC

Colin Farrell boards Andrew Haigh's 'The North Water' series for See-Saw, BBC
Four-part thriller will shoot in autumn.

Colin Farrell has joined the cast of The North Water, the upcoming four-part thriller series being made by Weekend and Lean On Pete director Andrew Haigh.

Based on the novel by Ian McGuire, the series will tell the story of a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic.

See-Saw Films is producing the project for BBC Two. Kate Ogborn is producing with executive producers Jamie Laurenson and Hakan Kousetta, with Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, Niv Fichman for Rhombus Media and Lucy Richer for the BBC.
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Lightsaber duelling registered as official sport in France

Emulating Star Wars combatants will encourage young people to engage in regular exercise, says French Fencing Federation

It’s now easier than ever in France to act out Star Wars fantasies. The country’s fencing federation has officially recognised lightsaber duelling as a competitive sport, granting the weapon from George Lucas’s space saga the same status as the foil, epee and sabre, the traditional blades used at the Olympics.

Of course, the Led-lit, rigid polycarbonate replicas can’t slice an opponent in half. But they look and sound remarkably like the blades that Yoda and other characters wield in the blockbuster movies.
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New UK sales outfit Wildstar inks deals on first title 'The Blonde One' (exclusive)

Sales include Us, UK and France.

Wildstar International, the new sales outfit launched earlier this month by UK executive Murray Dibbs, has announced sales on its first title, Marco Berger’s The Blonde One.

The film has sold to Germany (Salzgeber), Poland (Tongariro), France (Optimale), North America and the UK (both Tla Releasing).

Dibbs said that discussions are also underway for several other territories.

Plans are underway for a theatrical release in the Us and France. The film is set to premiere at Sydney’s Mardi Gras Film Festival later this month.

The film is a drama that celebrates the gay male gaze,
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All About Eve is a perfect feminist film – how did the play get it so wrong?

The barbed 1950 film about complex, ambitious women is as fresh as ever, and the model for The Favourite. But the play’s depiction of the central character is utterly flaccid

It’s the car scene that gets you in All About Eve, Joseph L Mankiewicz’s radical 1950 film about an obsessed fan, Eve Harrington, who tries to muscle in and steal the life of her favourite Broadway star.

Bette Davis plays that star, cinema’s great feminist heroine Margo Channing. She has it all: fame, talent, wealth, beauty, a devoted partner, loyal friends. But she is 40, childless and tired of playing characters who are in their 20s. She should be on stage but she is stuck, in the cold and dark, in a car that has run out of petrol, acidulously contemplating what it is – and what has to be sacrificed – to be a successful woman.
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UK's Fable Pictures to produce TV series about Joan and Jackie Collins

Sony Pictures Television will distribute globally.

UK-based Stan & Ollie production company Fable Pictures has secured the TV rights to tell the story of actress Joan Collins and her late sister, the bestselling novelist Jackie Collins.

The six-hour series will be distributed globally by Sony Pictures Television which owns a minority stake in Fable.

It will be executive produced by Caroline Harvey, Faye Ward , Hannah Farrell, and Sally Greene. UK playwright Penelope Skinner, whose credits include The Village Bike and Linda, is writing the series. Casting director Nina is casting the producton.

Fable Pictures is spearheaded by Faye Ward and Hannah
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New Fox Appoints Wayne Borg to Los Angeles Studio Role

Wayne Borg, who has headed the Fox Studios Australia operations in Sydney for the past four years, has been appointed president and general manager of studios at New Fox. He will relocate from Australia to Los Angeles.

Fox Studios Australia, which is to remain part of 21st Century Fox and will become part of Disney following the yet-to-be completed merger, has picked an interim managing director. It has not made the appointment public, but Australian local media sources have named him as John Hughes, head of commercial and operations.

Under the plans announced in December 2017 by 21st Century Fox executive chairman, Rupert Murdoch, 21st Century Fox will be sold to Disney in a deal then valued at $69 billion. The transaction is currently expected to close in March 2019.

Murdoch will also create a “New Fox” company which retains a portfolio of news, sports and broadcast businesses, including Fox News Channel, Fox Broadcasting
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