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'Jumanji 2' Set for #1 Start Ahead of 'Black Christmas' and 'Richard Jewell'

'Jumanji 2' Set for #1 Start Ahead of 'Black Christmas' and 'Richard Jewell'
The holiday season is well underway, with Frozen II leading the charge by a wide margin, currently serving as the only holiday release to top $100 million so far. However, Ford v Ferrari should soon reach that milestone and this weekend's release of Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level will also be expected to top that figure and more. This weekend also sees the release of Universal and Blumhouse's holiday horror remake Black Christmas and Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell, the latter representing yet another adult-targeted feature as several have been released over the last month.

Looking at a #1 finish is Sony's release of Jumanji: The Next Level, the sequel to the breakout hit of 2017, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which debuted just before Christmas two years ago and went on to gross over $400 million domestically, serving as Sony's largest domestic release of all-time. This year Sony is getting an
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Sundance Film Festival Announces New Frontier Lineup For 2020

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Sundance Film Festival Announces New Frontier Lineup For 2020
The Sundance Film Festival announced its New Frontier Lineup for the 2020 edition, a curated collection of cutting-edge indie experimental media works by creators who are pushing artistic boundaries in various mediums including rocket travel, biotech, facial recognition, mixed reality (Mr), smartphone Ar, underwater Vr, game engines, big data, AI, the human archive, and innovative uses of SMS text & iPhone video capture.

There are two dedicated venue spaces: New Frontier at The Ray and New Frontier Central, each of which host a variety of media installations, a Vr Cinema, and panel discussions. New this year, New Frontier Central also houses the Biodigital Theatre, a cutting-edge presentation space that will feature a rotating schedule of large scale Vr theatrical works including a feature-length livestream game telecast.

Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said in statement, “Technology infuses most aspects of modern life — and is evolving at a historic pace. The
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Duo David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Set HP Lovecraft Thriller Film At Warner Bros

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Duo David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Set HP Lovecraft Thriller Film At Warner Bros
Exclusive: Game of Thrones creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss have set at Warner Bros an untitled thriller inspired by the graphic novel Lovecraft. Set to write the script are Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi, the scribe team behind such films as Aeon Flux, Ride Along and the Karyn Kusama-directed The Invitation and Destroyer. Kusama will be exec producer.

The filmmakers are keeping it close to the vest, but I’m told the movie asks a horrifying question: what if H.P. Lovecraft wasn’t making it up? What if the monsters he created are real? Also, the movie will be set in 1920 within the Cthulhu mythos. That’s all I got.

Benioff & Weiss have been eyeing this project and have been in discussion with Warner Bros’ Courtenay Valenti and Toby Emmerich for several years, while they were consumed with the monumental task of translating the George Rr Martin Game of Thrones novels into eight epic seasons.
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‘Cats’ Producers Respond to Twitter Trailer Backlash

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‘Cats’ Producers Respond to Twitter Trailer Backlash
The producers of “Cats” have seen the memes and read the mean tweets that greeted the first trailer for the big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage smash.

When the initial teaser was launched this past summer, social media commentators feasted on the way that an A-list cast that includes Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden and Judi Dench had been feline-ized with whiskers and swishing tails, calling the transformation creepy. The $100 million film is being released by Universal and produced by Working Title, the studio’s long-term partner. Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, the two heads of London-based Working Title, are taking a “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” stance, noting that the online furor raised the movie’s profile.

“What does one say?” says Fellner. “The reality is that 100 million people or more saw the trailer, and, yes, there were some people that didn’t like it,
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‘Fast and Furious Crossroads’ Trailer Gives Vin Diesel a Ride Through the Uncanny Valley

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‘Fast and Furious Crossroads’ Trailer Gives Vin Diesel a Ride Through the Uncanny Valley
If you’ve ever wanted to see a remake of The Polar Express starring Vin Diesel as one of the creepy, dead-eyed cartoon people, here’s the next best thing. The video game Fast and Furious Crossroads gives us a weirdly off-putting digital Diesel reprising his role as Dom Toretto. The game will allow players to race around and perform […]

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Florence Pugh Says ‘Black Widow’ Isn’t Meant To Pass The Torch To Her New McU Character

After watching “Avengers: Endgame,” it’s clear that the story of Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, is coming to an end after the upcoming solo film of the same name. Serving as a prequel, “Black Widow” actually looks to fill in some of the gaps in the history of one of the founding Avengers, and in the process, introduce a number of new characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Yelena, played by Florence Pugh.

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Stop defending an irresponsible movie and start apologising | Benjamin Lee

The controversy swirling around an unverified claim of a journalist having sex with an FBI agent in Clint Eastwood’s new movie has led to a string of unconvincing justifications

The ongoing furore over Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-hungry new drama Richard Jewell shows no signs of abating, partly because the contentious issue at its centre is so egregious and partly because no one involved with the film is willing to admit this.

The film purports to tell the “true” story of the heroic security guard who found the pipe bomb which killed one person and injured 111 others at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He was heralded as a hero until he became the focus of the FBI investigation, a fact that was first made public in the Atlanta Journal Constitution before getting picked up across the country. Jewell was ultimately found innocent after a difficult 88 days of accusations and media focus.

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Spoiler Discussion: The Mandalorian Episode 6 “The Prisoner”.

Spoiler Discussion: The Mandalorian Episode 6 “The Prisoner”.
On the December 13, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman, and Star Wars Insider writer and Full of Sith podcaster Bryan Young to have a spoiler discussion about The Mandalorian Episode 6 “The Prisoner”. Spoiler Discussion: The Mandalorian Episode 6 “The Prisoner”. Other […]

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Olivia Wilde and ‘Richard Jewell’ Screenwriter Respond to the Film’s Controversial Portrayal of Kathy Scruggs

Clint Eastwood’s rant against the horrors of fake news Richard Jewell is getting generally positive reviews, but certain factual elements of the film have come under fire. In particular, the film’s portrayal of Kathy Scruggs, a reporter for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that was among the first to break the story that the FBI were investigating the titular security guard as a suspect in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing. The movie depicts Scruggs as trading sex for the inside tip that sparked the story. Scruggs passed away in 2001, but her surviving family as well as he …
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The Best Film Performances Of The Decade [2010s]

As this maddening list attests—one that nearly broke us trying to order “properly”—putting together a Best of Decade list is dangerous work. There’s just a million factors to consider, a million people and look, we anguish and anguish and at the end of the day it’s all arbitrary anyhow, so don’t give us shit!

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As the 100 Best Films of The 2010s Decade proved, no matter what you claim about the state of cinema and the sky is falling, the best of the best was unimpeachable.

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Ryan Reynolds Calls ‘Free Guy’ a “Modern-Day Back to the Future”

The first Free Guy trailer dropped online last week at Ccxp, where I was lucky enough to be in the room for the panel and get a sneak peek at some exclusive footage from the film and a few more details on what to expect from the original new action-comedy from Stranger Things and Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as Guy, a bank teller who realizes he's a non-playable character in a shared-world video game called Free City and becomes a viral phenomenon when he takes his life into …
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‘The Expanse’ Review: TV’s Premiere Space Story Gets a Thrilling New Chapter in Season 4

‘The Expanse’ Review: TV’s Premiere Space Story Gets a Thrilling New Chapter in Season 4
One thing that’s separated “The Expanse” from nearly all of its other space-set peers is its ability to recognize the difference between spectacle and scope. Telling a story centuries in the future and now spanning a multitude of potential solar systems with the ability to sustain life, the building blocks of this sci-fi series have long been in the logistical details rather than large-scale cataclysms.

After three seasons as a production on the Syfy network, the show’s Season 4 on Amazon Prime Video now affords “The Expanse” the chance to have the best of both worlds. Continuing the tradition of thoughtfully outlining a system-wide conflict while following through a portal to countless untold problems, “The Expanse” is an evolving text that an increased sense of scale has only made richer.

Regardless of where it made its broadcast home, the show was bound for a massive shift. Continuing to take
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Pop Culture Imports: ‘I Lost My Body,’ ‘Atlantics,’ ‘Shadow,’ And More

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.) We’re almost to the end of the year, which means it’s time to play end-of-year catch-up with the best movies of 2019. And surprisingly, Netflix is supplying a lot of them. The streaming giant has become quite a […]

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‘The Gentlemen’ Clip Shows Guy Ritchie Returning to His Criminal Ways

Stx Films has released the first clip from Guy Ritchie’s upcoming crime movie The Gentlemen. The film follows an American expat (Matthew McConaughey) who has built a profitable marijuana business in London and is looking to cash out, which proves difficult with everyone in the underworld wanting a piece of the action. In this clip, McConaughey explains why he wants out of the weed business and while he can’t go legit himself. It looks fun and serves as a reminder that Ritchie hasn’t made a crime movie since 2008’s RocknRolla, so this looks like a good …
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Hulu’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere,’ Starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, Gets Release Date

Hulu announced today that its new series, Little Fires Everywhere, will premiere on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, the series looks to be a tense thriller about obsession and dangerous relationships. This marks the third prestige series for Witherspoon, who has garnered much acclaim for her performances in Big Little Lies and 2019’s The Morning Show, for which she was Golden Globe-nominated for earlier this week. As for Washington, it’s return to the series format. She’s best known for her work on Scandal, for which her role as Olivia Pope was …
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‘6 Underground’ Is ‘Team America’ with People and without Satire | Review

At first blush, it may seem odd that Michael Bay, a director who has multiple $1 billion-grossing movies to his credit, would be cranking out a Netflix film, especially when it would appear that studios would still have an appetite for his brand of action filmmaking. But watching his latest effort, 6 Underground, you can see how much the world has left Bay behind. While other action movies are pushing the envelope, Bay is still churning out his combination of explosions, incomprehensible editing, and violence. Paired with a retrograde, neo-conservative script from Deadpool writers Rhett Reese & Paul …
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‘Little America’ Will Release All Its Episodes at Once on Apple TV+ and Has Already Been Renewed for a Second Season

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Apple TV+ is changing things up a bit. Up until now, the streaming service has been releasing its original shows on a weekly basis. But with its upcoming series Little America, they’ll be giving subscribers the opportunity to binge by dropping the entire series at once. The show comes from The Big Sick writers and real-life couple, […]

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Don’t Tell Eddie Murphy ‘Dolemite’ Is His Comeback: ‘I’m Out There 24 Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week’

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Don’t Tell Eddie Murphy ‘Dolemite’ Is His Comeback: ‘I’m Out There 24 Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week’
Don’t call it a comeback! Eddie Murphy has been around for years, and he never left, despite headlines that suggest the contrary. His latest is “Dolemite Is My Name,” a new original feature from Netflix, based on the life and work of blaxploitation hero Rudy Ray Moore. Starring Murphy and directed by Craig Brewer, the film tells the story of how Moore, a larger than life comedian, singer, actor, and film producer, launched a movie career in the 1970s, with one of the most well-known Blaxploitation films of all time, “Dolemite.”

Murphy’s performance in the film has drawn much acclaim, earning him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, and putting him among contenders for the 2020 Best Actor Oscar, and the film for Best Picture.

Remarkably, despite a career that spans 40 years, and is chock-full of memorable
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‘The Mandalorian’ Review: The Series’ One Plot Idea Wears Out Its Welcome in Episode 6

‘The Mandalorian’ Review: The Series’ One Plot Idea Wears Out Its Welcome in Episode 6
The Mandalorian” is a $100 million show about nothing. There’s no overarching plot, no character development, and, six episodes in, still no emotional stakes or any indication that these issues will get resolved. It’s about a walking action figure and his merchandising-friendly pet, doomed to endlessly receive jobs that pay well enough to fly to the next episode’s location, team up with a celebrity cameo, get betrayed by bounty hunters, save Baby Yoda from said bounty hunters, and set off to the aforementioned next episode’s location.

“Chapter 6: The Prisoner” opens with the Mandalorian, Aka Mando, meeting up with an old contact who will pay the Mandalorian to help break a prisoner out of a New Republic ship. It’s a fairly promising concept, even if there’s infuriatingly no context for the Mandalorian accepting this latest one-off quest. The Mandalorian has been marketed as a morally
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Alexandre Desplat Combines Mozart and Bowie for Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Score

Alexandre Desplat Combines Mozart and Bowie for Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Score
There have been multiple film and TV versions of “Little Women.” But composer Alexandre Desplat and writer-director Greta Gerwig had a non-traditional idea for Sony’s 2019 version: “We wanted the music to be a duet of Mozart and Bowie,” Desplat laughs. There are no rock music touches in the score, but there is a modern sense of urgency to the music, which reflects the filmmaker’s approach to Louisa May Alcott’s classic book.

“I was very inspired by the film, because it’s so beautiful and it touched me. I wrote quickly, so I thought it would be an easy film to do, but at the end I was exhausted,” Desplat says. That’s because he worked in many innovations while composing an estimated 90 minutes of music for the film.

“I made several versions of many cues, and Greta liked them all and started playing with them,” he says.
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