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Zack Snyder's 'Army of the Dead' Rounds Out Cast With Omari Hardwick, Chris D’Elia

Zack Snyder's 'Army of the Dead' Rounds Out Cast With Omari Hardwick, Chris D’Elia
As it begins shooting in New Mexico, Zack Snyder's zombie heist thriller Army of the Dead has rounded out its cast. Omari Hardwick, Chris D’Elia and Westworld actor Hiroyuki Sanada have boarded the Netflix movie starring Dave Bautista.

Garret Dillahunt, Raúl Castillo, Nora Arnezeder, Matthias Schweighöfer, Samantha Win and Rich Cetrone are also joining the cast.

Army of the Dead takes place after a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, where a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.

The movie began production Monday in ...
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Caren Pistorius To Star Opposite Russell Crowe In Solstice Studios’ ‘Unhinged’

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Caren Pistorius To Star Opposite Russell Crowe In Solstice Studios’ ‘Unhinged’
Exclusive: Caren Pistorius has landed the lead role opposite Oscar-winner Russell Crowe in Unhinged, the psychological thriller from Solstice Studios and director Derrick Borte.

Unhinged takes an ordinary, everyday incident to its most terrifying conclusion in telling the story of Rachel (Pistorius), a mother who leans on her horn at the wrong time, to the wrong guy (Crowe). “Road rage” doesn’t begin to describe what he’s about to do to her and everyone she knows. The pic, written by Carl Ellsworth stars production tomorrow in New Orleans with Solstice eyeing a third quarter 2020 wide U.S. theatrical release. Lisa Ellzey produces.

Pistorius was most recently seen in Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines and co-starred with Julianne Moore in Gloria Bell. Prior to that she starred alongside Michael Fassbender in Slow West and The Light Between Two Oceans, as well as opposite Rachel Weisz in Denial.
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Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach To Tackle Margot Robbie-Starring 'Barbie' Movie

Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach To Tackle Margot Robbie-Starring 'Barbie' Movie
Barbie is looking to embolden her fashion sense by going indie.

Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, known for critically adored, film festival-playing quirky dramas, are tackling Barbie, Warner Bros.' big-screen take on the Mattel toy icon.

Gerwig and Baumbach will write the script, with Gerwig, who last directed Lady Bird, eyeing it as a helming vehicle.

Margot Robbie is starring in the feature project and is also producing the project via LuckyChap banner and LuckyChap's Tom Ackerly. Mattel Films's Robbie Brenner is also producing.

A Barbie live-action feature has been in the works since 2018 and has always ...
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Jennifer Lopez-Owen Wilson Film ‘Marry Me’ Moves Back to Universal From STX

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Jennifer Lopez-Owen Wilson Film ‘Marry Me’ Moves Back to Universal From STX
The Jennifer Lopez-Owen Wilson romantic comedy “Marry Me” has moved from STX back to its original home, Universal Pictures.

Stx previously took over the project in April. Kat Coiro is directing from a script written by John Rogers and Tami Sagher, with a rewrite by Harper Dill. Colombian singer/rapper Maluma has joined the cast and will play the fiance to Lopez’s pop star character.

The movie is based on a graphic novel by Bobby Crosby and centers on a pop star (Lopez) who, moments before marrying her rockstar fiance at Madison Square Garden, finds out that he cheated on her with her assistant. She breaks down on stage and picks a random man — a math teacher played by Wilson — out of the crowd to marry instead.

Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina will produce alongside Rogers. Executive producers are Willie Mercer, Alex Brown and J.B Roberts.
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Austin Butler to Star as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s Biopic

Austin Butler to Star as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s Biopic
Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic has found its king of rock ‘n’ roll.

After numerous screen tests, Austin Butler has been tapped to play Elvis Presley in Luhrmann’s next feature film for Warner Bros. The studio tested with a handful of actors in full hair and make-up at the end of June to see who would join Tom Hanks, who is playing Presley’s manager, Col. Tom Parker.

“I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist,” Luhrmann said in a statement. “Throughout the casting process, it was an honor for me to encounter such a vast array of talent. I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite
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'A Quiet Place Part II' Begins Production With Twitter Announcement

'A Quiet Place Part II' Begins Production With Twitter Announcement
Following the critical and box office success of last year’s A Quiet Place, the post-apocalyptic horror/thriller which saw John Krasinski take to the feature film director’s chair for the first time, production has started on the movie’s sequel which is now being referred to as Part II.

The announcement that shooting has started was seen on Krasinski’s Twitter account where he posted a photo of a clapperboard on set bearing an image of the farm location from the first movie, with Part II printed underneath.
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Damien Chazelle Reportedly Lining Up ‘Babylon’ As His Next Film With Emma Stone Attached

Damien Chazelle Reportedly Lining Up ‘Babylon’ As His Next Film With Emma Stone Attached
Damien Chazelle is not a filmmaker that likes to rest on his laurels. Back in 2014, the director debuted with his Oscar-winning feature film, “Whiplash.” And in the five years since, he’s helmed two more major feature films, including the Oscar-winning “La La Land” and last year’s “First Man” and is currently in production on his first Netflix series.
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Lakeith Stanfield to Star in Kwame Onwuachi’s ‘Notes From a Young Black Chef’ Adaptation for A24 (Exclusive)

Lakeith Stanfield to Star in Kwame Onwuachi’s ‘Notes From a Young Black Chef’ Adaptation for A24 (Exclusive)
Lakeith Stanfield is set to star in a feature film adaptation of American-Nigerian chef Kwame Onwuachi’s memoir, “Notes From a Young Black Chef,” with A24 on board to finance the film.

Randy McKinnon will adapt the script from the memoir, which was penned by Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein. Knopf recently acquired the publishing rights to the memoir, and the film rights were snapped up shortly afterwards.

Stephen “Dr” Love will produce, with Stanfield and Colin Stark executive producing. No director is yet attached.

The story follows Onwuachi’s unprecedented journey from childhood in the Bronx with a mostly single mother to opening a fine-dining restaurant in Washington D.C. at the age of 26. The story encompasses the extreme highs and lows of his path to becoming a chef in a mostly white, elitist industry, including financing his first catering business by selling candy on the subway, appearing on “Top Chef,
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Bafta kicks off £25m redevelopment of its London headquarters

Bafta will move next door and its activities will continue.

Bafta has revealed new details about the £25m redevelopment of its London headquarters, 195 Piccadilly, as construction work on the project gets underway.

The next door building at 194 Piccadilly has been leased by Bafta to act as its temporary home while the works are being completed. It is now open to the public as an exhibition space and includes facilities including a café. An additional space dedicated to Bafta members will be opened at 194 Piccadilly from September.

Bafta will continue to host events throughout the renovation process, with some taking place
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The Morning Watch: VFX Artists React to More Movies, Dramatic Actor Roundtable & 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, watch as VFX artists react to the visual […]

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UK's National Lottery Cinema Day partners with Odeon as part of 2019 expansion

The event increases to over 250 venues this year.

The National Lottery Cinema Day is expanding to over 250 cinemas in its second year, including a new commercial partnership with Odeon, the UK’s largest cinema chain.

Run in partnership with the BFI, the initiative will make over half a million free tickets available for any film screening on Sunday August 25, 2019 at participating venues, to any customer presenting a National Lottery ticket valid between particular dates (which are yet-to-be announced).

Last year’s first edition ran at 146 venues, on over 300 screens.

As well as a number of Odeon sites, Cinema Day will
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‘Personal History Of David Copperfield’ Will Open 2019 London Film Festival

The first domino of the fall festival season has dropped with the announcement that Armando Iannucci’s “The Personal History of David Copperfield” is set to open the 63rd BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 2. What’s noteworthy about “David Copperfield’s” premiere is that it is strictly a “European” one meaning its world premiere should occur at either the Telluride or Toronto International Film Festivals in September. Considering Iannucci’s last film, “The Death of Stalin,” debuted at Tiff in 2017, we’re betting on the later.

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BAFTA Undertakes Major Renovation of Its London Headquarters

BAFTA has undertaken a major renovation of its London headquarters that will double the building’s capacity and increase space devoted to the British academy’s programs to promote skills training and new talent.

Work has already begun on the $31 million overhaul, which is expected to take two years. In the interim, BAFTA will relocate its home base to the building next door. (Staff offices are around the corner and will be unaffected by the renovation.)

The expanded headquarters at 195 Piccadilly, right by London’s famed Piccadilly Circus, will include an entire floor dedicated to its educational and new-talent programs. The extra space should allow the organization to double its charitable activities, including helping more than 80,000 people a year develop careers in the creative industries. It should also generate new income to expand BAFTA’s programs nationally and internationally, the academy said.

BAFTA is relying on donations to pay for
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Booming Digital Lifts Eros Indian Film Distribution Giant

Eros International, India’s largest and most controversial film distributor, says that its digital revenues now outstrip conventional theatrical and syndication revenues. Its Eros Now streaming platform claims 18.8 million paying subscribers.

The New York-listed company reported annual results that were distorted by multiple adjustments to presentation. Reported revenues in the year to end of March 2019 edged ahead by 3% to $270 million.

Operating profits were halved at $27.8 million, but adjusted earnings jumped from $83 million to $104 million. And the company took a huge, non-cash, impairment loss of $423 million. The company said that the write-down reflected a reduction in its market capitalization and a valuation of its film rights. But on a conference call following the release of data, chairman Kishore Lulla said that the charge could be reversed if the market capitalization increases again.

Weighing heavily on the stock price – and hence the market capitalization –have been further accusations by short sellers this
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Venice buzz: will male directors dominate the competition again?

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Venice buzz: will male directors dominate the competition again?
Films tipped from around the world are mostly directed by men.

Word of mouth is building around the titles close to securing a competition slot at the Venice Film Festival next month. The buzz is dominated by films by male directors, with films by female directors looking to be heading for the sidebars. But the announcement is not due until July 25 and there is still time for this to change.

The festival was criticised for only selecting one film by a female director in competition for 2018, Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale. Lucretia Martel has been appointed jury president this year,
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Lakeith Stanfield to Star in A24 Movie ‘Notes From a Young Black Chef’

Lakeith Stanfield co-stars in two of this fall's coolest movies -- Rian Johnson's whodunit Knives Out and the Safdie brothers' crime drama Uncut Gems -- and while he may not be the lead in either one, he certainly proved himself as a lead over the last two years thanks to his versatile turns in the acclaimed indies Sorry to Bother You and Crown Heights. Now, he's taking the next step in his career, as he has signed on to star in and executive produce a new A24 movie titled Notes From a Young Black Chef. Based on the …
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Second Huayi Brothers Film Is Canceled as Company’s Losses Mount

Second Huayi Brothers Film Is Canceled as Company’s Losses Mount
Still reeling from the cancellation of the theatrical release of its blockbuster “The Eight Hundred,” production studio Huayi Brothers has been hit with another setback: Its comedy “The Last Wish” has also been quietly pulled from China’s summer lineup. Both films have fallen afoul of China’s increasingly heavy-handed censors.

The unwelcome development comes as Huayi has announced that it expects losses of more than $48 million in the first half of 2019. That will pile onto a reported net loss of RMB1.09 billion (about $160 million) last year, creating a difficult hole for the company to climb out of without a new box-office hit.

Directed by Tian Yusheng, the writer-director of the bankable “The Ex-File” romcom series, “The Last Wish” stars Peng Yuchang (“An Elephant Sitting Still”) and Taiwanese actor Darren Wang in a buddy comedy about a young man with a terminal disease who hopes to lose his virginity before he dies.
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Armando Iannucci's David Copperfield film to open London film festival

Dickens adaptation starring Dev Patel alongside Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie and Peter Capaldi will have its European festival in capital in October

The Personal History of David Copperfield, Armando Iannucci’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, is to open this year’s London film festival. The film will have its European premiere at the festival, indicating a world-first screening in Toronto at the start of September.

The film is billed as a “fresh take” on Dickens’ epic autobiographical tale of one young man’s journey into adulthood, juggling his ambitions to become a writer with his conscience about poverty in Victorian London and his duty of care towards his eccentric aunt.
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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Will Open London Film Festival

‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Will Open London Film Festival
Slumdog Millionaire” and “Lion” star Dev Patel toplines period Charles Dickens drama “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” Armando Iannucci’s followup to “The Death of Stalin,” which will have its European premiere on opening night October 2 at the Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square at the BFI London Film Festival. This year’s festival runs October 3 to 13.

This date means the film will first play one or more stateside festivals: Telluride, Toronto, or New York, where American buyers will first check out the film. FilmNation is handling international rights, with UTA co-repping the U.S. sale.

Iannucci’s witty dialogue and the detailed Victorian setting should be catnip for BAFTA and Academy voters, along with a starry cast including Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, Gwendoline Christie, and Aneurin Barnard. Shot on location in the UK, the film is produced by Kevin Loader and Iannucci; Suzie Harman
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Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ to Open London Film Festival

The Personal History of David Copperfield,” with Dev Patel as the titular character, will open the BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 2. The new take on Charles Dickens’ classic tale comes from Armando Iannucci and stars Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse and Gwendoline Christie, many of whom will grace the red carpet at the gala screening at the Odeon Leicester Square, the movie’s European premiere.

Iannucci’s credits “Veep” and “The Death of Stalin.” An avowed Dickens fan, he adapted “David Copperfield” with his frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell.

“It’s a huge thrill and honor to be asked to open the fantastic BFI London Film Festival,” Iannucci said. “‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ is a film about compassion, humor, generosity and friendship, and I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming setting in which to premiere it.”

BFI London Film Festival director
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