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‘Sudden Death’ Remake With a “Comedic Twist” is Headed to Netflix

‘Sudden Death’ Remake With a “Comedic Twist” is Headed to Netflix
Remember Sudden Death? It was a 1995 Die Hard knock-off set in an arena during a hockey game. Jean-Claude Van Damme played a firefighter who has to take on a group of terrorist – lead by Powers Boothe! – holding the entire arena hostage. Oh, and the Vice President is at the hockey game, too. It was pretty damn […]

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Chris Pratt’s ‘Ghost Draft’ Adds Comedian Theo Von to Cast

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Chris Pratt’s ‘Ghost Draft’ Adds Comedian Theo Von to Cast
Comedian Theo Von is joining the cast of Chris Pratt’s sci-fi film “Ghost Draft,” which will also star Yvonne Strahovski.

Chris McKay (“Lego Batman”) is directing the Skydance project. “Ghost Draft,” a working title, is written by Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque and is about a man who is drafted to fight in a future war which forces him to confront his past. Sam Richardson, J.K. Simmons and Betty Gilpin have also been in talks to join the project.

Producers are David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, David Goyer, Jules Daly and Adam Kolbrenner. Matt Grimm is overseeing the project for Skydance. Rob Cowan is serving as executive producer.

Also Read: 'Handmaid's Tale' Star Yvonne Strahovski to Star in Chris Pratt's 'Ghost Draft'

Production is set to begin this summer.

Von, a stand-up comedian and TV personality, was in the middle of his Dark Arts Tour, which
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Gina Rodriguez’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Awake’ Rounds Out Cast (Exclusive)

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Gina Rodriguez’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Awake’ Rounds Out Cast (Exclusive)
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barry Pepper and “Game of Thrones” actor Finn Jones will join Gina Rodriguez in Netflix’s sci-fi thriller “Awake.”

The newly announced cast also includes Ariana Greenblatt, Frances Fisher, Shamier Anderson, Lucius Hoyos and Gil Bellows.

Awake” is set after a sudden global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humankind’s ability to sleep, and chaos quickly begins to consume the world. Rodriguez’s character may hold the key to a cure in the form of her own daughter while she faces the prospect of saving the world before she herself loses her mind.

Kodachrome” helmer Mark Raso is attached to direct from a script he co-wrote with his brother Joseph Raso, as well as Greg Poirier. Entertainment One and Paul Schiff are producing the film. Rodriguez and the Raso brothers are executive producing with Mark Gordon, Josh Phillips, Matt Jackson, Poirier and Whitney Brown.
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Sony Confirms Spider-Man’s Story Will Continue Without Marvel

Sony Confirms Spider-Man’s Story Will Continue Without Marvel
The internet was torn asunder yesterday when it was revealed that negotiations between Sony and Marvel to continue their sharing of Spider-Man had broken down, meaning the wall-crawler will be leaving the MCU effective immediately. Fans have gone into meltdown over the news, with many conflicting follow-up reports confusing things. However, Sony has released an official statement on the matter now which confirms that the split is indeed happening.

The studio’s statement promises that Spidey’s story will still continue on from where things were left off in Spider-Man: Far From Home though, even if Peter Parker can’t rub shoulders with the Avengers any longer. The statement, which you can read in full here, cites that they’re “disappointed” that Kevin Feige will no longer spearhead the character’s movies but that they “respect Disney’s decision.”

It’s the last line that’s the most intriguing, though,
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Quebec comedy ‘Menteur’ scores big at Canadian box office

Quebec comedy ‘Menteur’ scores big at Canadian box office
The French-language release had the biggest local opening in a decade.

After a year in which Quebec films saw their share of Canadian box office dollars decline, French-language comedy Menteur (Compulsive Liar) has bucked the trend and taken more than $3.8m (Cad $5m) after five weeks in Canadian cinemas.

According to distributor Les Films Séville, the film’s five-day opening gross of $903,000 (Cad $1.2m), from around 100 screens, was the best opening for a Quebec film in Canada since the release of action comedy De père en flic (Father and Guns) in 2009.

Les Films Séville (owned by Entertainment One) reports that
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Film News Roundup: Stephen King’s ‘Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon’ Movie in the Works

Film News Roundup: Stephen King’s ‘Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon’ Movie in the Works
In today’s film news roundup, a Stephen King horror movie is in the works, “Downton Abbey” is seeing strong sales and a project about Revolutionary War soldier Deborah Sampson is in development.

King Adaptation

Stephen King’s “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon” has been set up as a movie at George A. Romero’s Sanibel Films, Vertigo Entertainment and Origin Story.

Vertigo partners Roy Lee and Jon Berg will produce the film alongside Chris Romero and Ryan Silbert. Andrew Childs will executive produce.

“The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon,” published in 1999 and tells the story of a 9-year-old girl who gets lost on the Appalachian Trail. As she stumbles through the woods for nine days, she wanders farther and farther from civilization as she tries to make her way back home. The late George Romero had been developing the movie more than a decade ago.

“I’m thrilled
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Superhero Bits: The ‘Krypton’ Season 3 Teaser That Didn’t Happen, Meet ‘Doc Justice and the J-Team’ & More

Superhero Bits: The ‘Krypton’ Season 3 Teaser That Didn’t Happen, Meet ‘Doc Justice and the J-Team’ & More
Would you like to see a Birds of Prey spin-off in the Arrowverse? What would the Krypton season three teaser have shown? Who is Marvel Comics’ new superhero team, Doc Justice and the J-Team? Would Jon Favreau like to direct a Marvel movie again? Did Phase Four plans effect the story for Avengers: Endgame? Do […]

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The Best TV Shows & Movies Leaving Netflix in September 2019

Fall is nearly upon us, and while the colder weather outside will have you wanting to curl up on your couch to watch your favorite movies and TV shows, you might want to get a jump on certain titles before they leave Netflix next month. The next purge of titles on the streaming service isn’t […]

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How Anthony Bourdain Found His On-Screen Voice and Changed Television

In 1999, when “Parts Unknown” executive producers Lydia Tenaglia and Chris Collins first approached Anthony Bourdain about turning his then-yet-to-be written book “A Cook’s Tour” into a television series, the chef-turned-author, with his recent best seller “Kitchen Confidential,” was more than skeptical. He had been a sharp critic of the wave of celebrity chef shows that had become popular staples of cable television.

“I don’t think he was locked on making a TV show even when we went to make ‘A Cook’s Tour,'” said Collins, when he and Tenaglia were guests on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast. “I think Tony saw it as an opportunity to double dip. He was getting paid not that much money to make this show; meanwhile, his designs were always on writing. The thought of being the guy in front of the camera yammering away was not his thing.”

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How Two Indie Producers and a Former Wells Fargo Employee Allegedly Scammed Investors for Millions

How Two Indie Producers and a Former Wells Fargo Employee Allegedly Scammed Investors for Millions
Two executive producers, whose credits include the 2018 Sundance hit “The Tale,” are facing federal fraud and money laundering charges for allegedly running a scheme to bilk millions from investors who thought they were backing independent film projects. According to their indictment, the men instead used the money to spend lavishly on themselves: luxury cars, private air travel, real estate, and more.

Jason Van Eman, who heads the Oklahoma-based WeatherVane Prods., and producer Ben McConley allegedly teamed with a former Miami-based Wells Fargo Bank employee, Benjamin Rafael, who helped pull off the scam.

According to the indictment, McConley and Van Eman lured potential investors with the promise of “matching” their investments dollar for dollar, which they claimed to use to secure a loan to pay for the film’s production. The victim would transfer money to accounts controlled by the men, which they would use for their own purposes. Rafael would
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‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ First Look is Of Zach Galifianakis…Between Two Ferns

‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ First Look is Of Zach Galifianakis…Between Two Ferns
Between Two Ferns started off as a viral internet bit: Zach Galifianakis interviews celebrities while sitting between two ferns. The satire of low-budget public access interviews, with Galifianakis playing an outlandish version of a host who would actively antagonize his guests, originated on Scott Aukerman and B. J. Porter’s Fox sketch pilot The Right Now! Show before […]

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Quentin Tarantino Announces That He and Wife Daniella Are Expecting Their First Child

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Quentin Tarantino Announces That He and Wife Daniella Are Expecting Their First Child
Maybe it’s a sign that he really is thinking about retirement. Quentin Tarantino and his wife, Daniella, announced today that they’re expecting their first child.

The official statement, made to People Magazine, is brief and to the point: “Daniella and Quentin Tarantino are very delighted to announce that they are expecting a baby.”

Tarantino, 56, and the 35-year-old Israeli model-singer have been on the road in recent months to promote “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood,” which has made $183 million worldwide to date and is likely to score multiple Oscar nominations.

No word on a due date for the couple, who met at the Jerusalem Film Festival during his promotional tour for “Inglorious Basterds” in 2009 and began dating in 2016. They married nine months ago.

Tarantino has repeatedly hinted that he’s coming to the end of his filmmaking career, having long said he wanted to direct a total of 10 movies.
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MoviePass Confirms Security Issue With Customer Records

MoviePass, the struggling movie ticket subscription service, has confirmed a security issue may have exposed customers’ records.

In a statement, MoviePass said Wednesday that the security lapse was recently discovered and its system was immediately secured. Reports of the data breach first surfaced Tuesday through the Tech Crunch site, which alleged that tens of thousands of customer card numbers and personal credit cards were exposed because a critical server was not protected with a password.

“MoviePass takes this incident seriously and is dedicated to protecting our subscribers’ information,” a spokesperson said. “We are working diligently to investigate the scope of this incident and its potential impact on our subscribers. Once we gain a full understanding of the incident, we will promptly notify any affected subscribers and the appropriate regulators or law enforcement.”

The announcement came two weeks after a report that MoviePass was accused of changing user passwords in order
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The Best TV Shows & Movies Coming to Netflix in September 2019

I won’t lie to you, folks. September’s new movie lineup on Netflix is a bit dire this year. The majority of new titles are Netflix originals that really don’t sound very good. In short, there is not a whole lot of nutrition here – just empty calories. Still, I did my best to find something to […]

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Matthew Modine Accused of Violating Labor Laws With Campaign Videos

Matthew Modine Accused of Violating Labor Laws With Campaign Videos
Matthew Modine has been accused by SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris of violating federal laws in his campaign to unseat Carteris.

The production of three campaign videos for Modine by the for-profit New York Film Academy — on whose board Modine sits — has been blasted by Carteris for alleged violations of federal labor law prohibiting union candidates from accepting contributions from any employer.

SAG-aftra’s election rules, sent out before every election, say, “The prohibition on employer contributions extends to every employer, regardless of the nature of the business or whether any union represents its employees.”

The videos were produced at no cost to Modine, who narrated and highlighted the contributions of stunt performers, background performers, singers and dancers. They’ve since been removed from Modine and the Nyfa’s website.

“These aren’t just flagrant violations of our union election rules, but of federal labor law as well,” Carteris said.
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Robert Rodriguez to Direct Netflix Superhero Movie Starring Priyanka Chopra & Pedro Pascal

Robert Rodriguez to Direct Netflix Superhero Movie Starring Priyanka Chopra & Pedro Pascal
Robert Rodriguez and Netflix are getting into the superhero business together with a new sci-fi fantasy film We Can Be Heroes. Rodriguez is set to write, direct and produce the original film, with Priyanka Chopra starring and a supporting cast that includes Christian Slater, Boyd Holbrook, Sung Kang, and Pedro Pascal. From the sound of it, We Can Be Heroes will tap right into the genre strengths Rodriguez showed with Alita: Battle Angel and his Spy Kids franchise. Per Deadline, The pic follows the children of Earth’s superheroes after their parents have been kidnapped by alien invaders. The …
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‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Featurette: Returning to the Rich Fantasy World of Thra

‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Featurette: Returning to the Rich Fantasy World of Thra
When The Dark Crystal hit theaters in 1982, it looked like no other movie. That’s not only because the fantasy adventure film was populated exclusively by puppets, but because director Jim Henson crafted an entirely original, rich fantasy world that was fully formed the moment it appeared onscreen. Soon, the Netflix prequel series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will […]

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MoviePass’ Latest Stumble: Exposing Users’ Credit Card Numbers and Other Data

In the latest turn in MoviePass’ downward spiral, a security researcher has reportedly discovered the movie subscription service had for months left a database of user data exposed, including credit card numbers — all because one of the company’s servers was not protected with a password.

TechCruch reported that the researcher found an unsecured database on one of the company’s subdomains with millions of records that included MoviePass card numbers as well as personal credit card numbers and associated expiration dates, names, and addresses. Some records included enough information to make fraudulent card purchases.

The unencrypted database also appeared to record failed login attempts, registering email addresses alongside failed passwords, the website reported.

The company’s response has left much to be desired.

Mossab Hussein, the researcher at the Dubai-based cybersecurity firm SpiderSilk, emailed MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe last weekend after discovering the database — he received no response.

Another
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‘Ready or Not,’ ‘Angel Has Fallen’ Enter Box Office Race

Three more contenders are joining what has lately been a hostile box office arena. Can anyone emerge from August victorious?

Fox Searchlight’s “Ready or Not,” a black comedy about a diabolical game of hide-and-seek, will debut in 2,244 North American theaters on Wednesday. The low-budget film is expected to earn upwards of $6.5 million over the weekend and $8 million to $12 million during its first five days of release. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, “Ready or Not” stars Samara Weaving as a newlywed who finds out her in-laws intend to stalk and kill her. Unlike the overtly political themes in Universal’s controversial “The Hunt,” “Ready or Not” takes a more fantasy-oriented approach to hunting humans for sport.

In a positive review, Variety’s chief film critic Peter Debruge called the film a “deranged and darkly comedic thriller [that] packs subversive pleasures aplenty.” Debruge is not alone in his praise. The
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‘Into the Dark’ Season 2 Will Scare Streamers With Another Year of Holiday Horror

Hulu is staying in the horror anthology business. The streaming service has renewed Into the Dark for a second season, keeping the monthly horror show rolling into 2020. The news of the renewal comes our way courtesy of Vulture, who report that Hulu has ordered nine more episodes of the show on top of the […]

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