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Bill Nighy, Callum Turner Join 'Emma' Adaptation

Bill Nighy, Callum Turner Join 'Emma' Adaptation
Focus Features' Emma adaptation has added Bill Nighy and Fantastic Beasts actor Callum Turner as it heads into production this week in England.

Miranda Hart has also joined the cast that will be led by Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role and Johnny Flynn as George Knightley. Mia Goth, Josh O’Connor, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson and Tanya Reynolds round out the cast.

Autumn de Wilde will direct this new adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, a comedy of manners about a self-proclaimed matchmaker in a small village. Eleanor Catton penned the screenplay.

Working Title’s Tim Bevan ...
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Actor Michael Rooker Will Have ‘Monster Problems’ With ‘The Maze Runner’ Star Dylan O’Brien

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Actor Michael Rooker Will Have ‘Monster Problems’ With ‘The Maze Runner’ Star Dylan O’Brien
Back in 2012, Shawn Levy was gearing up to direct a film called Monster Problems, a post-apocalyptic coming-of-age story based on a script by Brian Duffield. Time passed, and that version of the movie fell away into the gaping maw of Hollywood’s endless “what […]

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Emily Blunt In Talks To Star In ‘Not Fade Away’ At Annapurna; John Krasinski & David O. Russell Producing

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Emily Blunt In Talks To Star In ‘Not Fade Away’ At Annapurna; John Krasinski & David O. Russell Producing
Exclusive: Emily Blunt is in talks to star in Not Fade Away, the feature from Annapurna Pictures that has David O. Russell and John Krasinski attached as producers. It’s based on a 2015 memoir, Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found, by Rebecca Alexander who, born with a rare genetic mutation which caused her to her sight and hearing over time, beat the odds and expectations of her prognosis.

Lindsey Ferrentino is adapting the screenplay.

We hear that both Russell and Krasinski aren’t looking to direct the adaptation. Krasinski and Allyson Seeger will produce the project through their Sunday Night banner with Russell and Matthew Budman.

Krasinski’s on hand to write and direct A Quiet Place sequel for Paramount with Blunt also reprising her role in the film. That has been dated for a May 15, 2020 release.

The Golden Globe-winning actress most recently gave an enchanting
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Macon Blair to Direct and Write ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary (Exclusive)

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Macon Blair to Direct and Write ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary (Exclusive)
Macon Blair has been tapped to write and direct Legendary’s reboot of the cult classic “The Toxic Avenger,” sources tell Variety.

Legendary acquired the feature film rights in December and have quickly made the project a high priority at the studio. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment will serve as producers with Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter overseeing for Legendary.

Kaufman and Herz produced the original 1984 comedy, set in the fictional town of Tromaville, N.J., and centered on a mild-mannered janitor at a health club who’s chased out a second story window by bullies and lands in a drum of toxic waste. The chemicals cause him to transform into the Toxic Avenger, who has superhuman size and strength and stands up to bullies and corruption.

The Toxic Avenger” became successful after a long run as a midnight movie in New York City, leading to the
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Disney Retires Fox 2000 Imprint, Lays Off Top Executives Following Acquisition

20th Century Fox is officially owned by Disney, but not everything — or everyone — is coming with it. A day after the $71.3 billion acquisition was made official, one Fox imprint has already been axed: Fox 2000, which recently produced “Hidden Figures” and “The Hate U Give” and was previously responsible for producing the likes of “The Thin Red Line,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Walk the Line,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Joy,” and “Life of Pi,” among many others.

Fox 2000, overseen by Elizabeth Gabler, had been expected to make the transition; the future of her staff (six executives work under her) at Disney is uncertain.

Other layoffs that came down Thursday include Pam Levine, president of worldwide marketing, as well as co-president Kevin Campbell; domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson; international distribution president Andrew Cripps; and chief creative officer Tony Sella, who worked on more than 400 titles, including “Avatar” and the “X-Men
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Conan O’Brien’s Full Archive Is Coming to the Team Coco Website, Starting With the Remotes

To the delight of Conan O’Brien fans, it was announced last year by Team Coco that every clip from “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” would soon be available in one place online. With the original launch date of January behind us, the new plan has emerged: Clips will be uploaded in phases to the Team Coco website, the first of which, “Conan 25: The Remotes,” is coming next Monday, March 25. More than 350 offsite segments will be included.

Here’s how the painstaking process works: “First, we take this shitty tape my brother Neil recorded off his TV and convert it to DVD. Then the DVD is converted to a 3D IMAX film, which we then screen for a hip-hop dance squad who transform it into a bomb-ass routine” explains O’Brien in a new video as visual aides accompany this elaborate transformation. “An artist then watches the dance
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‘The It Crowd’ Star Chris O’Dowd Heading to ‘The Twilight Zone’

The CBS All Access reboot of The Twilight Zone already has some stellar talent on board. The series revival from Get Out director Jordan Peele counts Zazie Beetz, John Cho, Ginnifer Goodwin, Greg Kinnear, Kumail Nanjiani, Seth Rogen, Adam Scott, Allison Tolman, and Jacob Tremblay among the cast, and now another outstanding talent has been […]

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Paul Feig’s Feigco Entertainment Jumps From Fox to First-Look Deal at Universal

Universal’s comedy constellation just added another star, welcoming Paul Feig from 20th Century Fox Film on Thursday.

Universal has set a first-look production agreement with Feig’s Feigco Entertainment, bringing in the prolific producer, writer, and director known for hits like “Bridesmaids” and the recent “A Simple Favor.”

News of Feig’s relocation shook out of a firestorm of layoffs on Fox’s West Los Angeles lot this Thursday, the result of Walt Disney’s absorption of the company’s film and TV assets. Little will change for Feig, whose shop will continue to be co-run by producing partner Jessie Henderson.

After dropping out of college years ago, Feig spent a year working as a Universal Studios tour guide while launching a stand-up career.

“Paul is one of the most distinctive and versatile filmmakers working today, and we are thrilled to welcome him, Jessie Henderson, and the FeigCo team back to Universal.
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Macon Blair to Write and Direct ‘The Toxic Avenger’ Reboot

The Toxic Avenger remake has been in development for an age now, and some exciting filmmakers have been attached along the way, but today brings news of by far the most left-field bit of news yet. Per Variety, Macon Blair, perhaps best known as the star of Jeremy Saulnier's brutal films Blue Ruin and Green Room, will write and direct Legendary's reboot of the beloved cult classic. The original film was directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman, and told of the nerdy, soft-spoken Melvin Junko, who gets pushed into a vat of toxic waste by …
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With More Black Stars on TV Than Ever, Where Do Bet, Own, and Other Black Networks Fit In?

African Americans love TV. According to Nielsen, it’s a demographic that watches 37 percent more television than any other. And the TV industry has taken note: Of the nearly 500 scripted series across broadcast, cable, and streaming, at least 60 are headlined by black actors. However, most of them don’t appear on Bet, Own: The Oprah Winfrey Network, Bounce TV, or TV One: 70 percent of the black-headlined shows run on other networks and streamers. All of which begs the question: As networks with significantly deeper pockets aggressively pursue the African-American audience, do black TV networks risk losing relevance?

Bet head of programming Connie Orlando isn’t concerned by the competition. “Across TV, Svod, and film, Hollywood is waking up to the excellence of black creators and the power of black audiences, something we have done for the past 40 years,” she said. “African Americans are not monolithic. There’s room for
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‘The Magicians’ Faces “The Serpent” in an Episode All About Magical Terrorists and Human Nature

‘The Magicians’ Faces “The Serpent” in an Episode All About Magical Terrorists and Human Nature
Like most episode titles of The Magicians, this week’s title, “The Serpent,” has many layers. There’s the obvious reference: The Serpent is the name of a magical terrorist group that is infecting hedge witches with earworms that make them boil to death from the inside if they do magic. But then there’s the subtler reference, […]

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‘Danger Girl’ Movie in the Works from ‘Kick-Ass 2’ Director Jeff Wadlow

Even though Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment have been dominating the comic book movie scene for years now, there are a lot of other comic books out there which might look good on the big screen. One such property is in the works from Constantin Films. Danger Girl is a comic book from Idw Publishing […]

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Pet Sematary review – lairy, hairy new version of Stephen King's undead animal shocker

Previously filmed in 1989, this creepy tale of a family who discover that buried pets in their backyard won’t stay dead is an impressively nasty scare story

“There’s more than one way to bury a cat,” mutters one of the very many traumatised characters in this movie: an uproariously lairy, nasty new version of Stephen King’s uncanny horror masterpiece of 1983, last adapted for the cinema by King himself in the version directed by Mary Lambert in 1989 and now disinterred once again, written for the screen by Jeff Buhler and directed by scare-specialists Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer.

It’s a supernatural chiller about our fear of death - and our longing for death as an end to this fear. This brutally effective and convulsively disturbing story is something to compare with Ww Jacobs’s classic Edwardian ghost story The Monkey’s Paw or maybe even Franz Kafka’s
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More Than Half of Netflix’s New Library Titles in 2018 Were Original Content

Back in September of 2016, Netflix said they were in the middle of a “multiyear transition and evolution toward more of our own content.” In a few years, their hope was to have 50% of their library be comprised of original content. And in just a couple years, the streaming service has made great strides […]

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Disney Says Goodbye To Fox 2000 Division That Birthed ‘Hidden Figures’ & ‘Devil Wears Prada’

In a surprise decision following its acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios has moved to shutter the Fox 2000 division run by Elizabeth Gabler. The division recently spearheaded Best Picture nominee “Hidden Figures” as well as “Love Simon” and “The Hate U Give.” Their next release was Joe Wright’s “Woman in the Window” with Amy Adams and Gary Oldman in October.

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Disney Retiring Fox 2000 Label

Disney will stop making films under the Fox 2000 label, a move that could mean that its head Elizabeth Gabler will not be making the move to the Magic Kingdom, Variety has learned. The decision is surprising because Disney had previously stated that Gabler would stay on board at the studio even after it was acquired. That announcement seemed to augur good things for Fox 2000.

Disney is committed to completing the Fox 2000 films currently in production. It is unclear what this means for Gabler and her team going forward. No one in the Fox 2000 staff was laid off on Thursday but they were informed of Disney’s decision.

Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets essentially doubled the number of film banners Disney manages, and, insiders say, with 20th Century Fox, the main studio, and Fox Searchlight, the company’s indie label,
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A ‘Call My By Your Name’ Sequel Novel is Officially Being Written – Could a Movie Follow?

A ‘Call My By Your Name’ Sequel Novel is Officially Being Written – Could a Movie Follow?
Call Me By Your Name is officially getting a sequel, but not in the way you think. Author Andrew Aciman, who wrote the 2007 novel upon which Luca Guadagnino‘s Oscar-winning film was based, is penning a sequel book that is set to hit bookshelves this October. Aciman’s announcement of the Call Me By Your Name sequel novel, titled Find […]

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‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Director Drew Goddard Signs Deal with Disney-Owned 20th Century Fox TV

‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Director Drew Goddard Signs Deal with Disney-Owned 20th Century Fox TV
Drew Goddard, the director of films like The Cabin in the Woods and Bad Times at the El Royale, is one of the sharpest minds working in entertainment right now. So it’s no surprise that he’s just signed a new four-year deal to “write, create, direct and develop new projects” for 20th Century Fox TV. Learn […]

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‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot to Be Written and Directed by Macon Blair

‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot to Be Written and Directed by Macon Blair
Two years after making his directorial debut with “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore,” Macon Blair is stepping behind the camera for Legendary’s “Toxic Avenger” reboot. The actor-turned-filmmaker, whose on-screen resume includes everything from “Blue Ruin” and “Green Room” to “The Florida Project” and “Logan Lucky,” will both write and direct. Variety first broke the news, including the fact that Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman and Michel Herz are producing and Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter of Legendary are overseeing the project.

The former two also directed the 1984 original, a midnight-movie staple that was followed by the sequels “The Toxic Avenger Part II,” “The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie,” and “Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV”. “The Toxic Avenger” tells the tried-and-true story of a 98-pound janitor who falls into a vat of toxic waste (as you do) and, imbued with newfound powers,
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Lupita Nyong’o Used Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as Inspiration for ‘Us’ Doppelgänger Voice

Lupita Nyong’o Used Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as Inspiration for ‘Us’ Doppelgänger Voice
Jordan Peele’s “Us” requires Lupita Nyong’o to play two roles, one of which is an evil doppelgänger referred to as Red who speaks with a terrifyingly grating voice. The accent Nyong’o adopted for her evil character is hard to forget, and it turns out the actress found inspiration for her vocal work from an unlikely source: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

As revealed in a recent profile of Nyong’o published by The New York Times, Peele included in his script that the doppelgänger’s voice was “scratchy, as if withered from lack of use.” Nyong’o was working Red’s voice and had a light bulb moment while attending a fashion event where Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was speaking. Kennedy Jr., an environmentalist and the son of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel, suffers from spasmodic dysphonia, described as a “neurological disorder that causes involuntary spasms of the larynx.
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