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Stan Dragoti, Director of 'Love at First Bite' and 'Mr. Mom,' Dies at 85

Stan Dragoti, Director of 'Love at First Bite' and 'Mr. Mom,' Dies at 85
Stan Dragoti, who directed the popular big-screen comedies Love at First Bite and Mr. Mom and was the first husband of supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, has died. He was 85.

Dragoti died Friday at an assisted living facility in Los Angeles, his wife, Yolanda, told The Hollywood Reporter. He had battled health issues since undergoing open-heart surgery four years ago, she said.

A son of an Albanian immigrant, Dragoti came from the world of New York advertising. He made his Hollywood debut by writing and directing Dirty Little Billy (1972), a Western about the early years of the outlaw Billy the Kid ...
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Taraji P Henson-Sam Rockwell Kkk Drama ‘The Best of Enemies’ Lands at STX

Taraji P Henson-Sam Rockwell Kkk Drama ‘The Best of Enemies’ Lands at STX
STXfilms announced Monday it has acquired domestic distribution rights to Astute Films’ “The Best of Enemies,” a fact-based story starring Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell as a civil rights activist and Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly worked together on a North Carolina community summit in 1971.

First-time director Robin Bissell also wrote the screenplay, which was inspired by the true events chronicled in Osha Gray Davidson’s nonfiction book “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South.”

Henson plays Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist who encounters C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local KKK leader battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially charged summer of 1971.

The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.
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Matthew Rhys to Co-Star With Tom Hanks in Mr. Rogers Film ‘You Are My Friend’ (Exclusive)

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Matthew Rhys to Co-Star With Tom Hanks in Mr. Rogers Film ‘You Are My Friend’ (Exclusive)
Fresh off his Emmy nomination for “The Americans,” Matthew Rhys is moving to the big screen.

Rhys is in talks to co-star with Tom Hanks in TriStar’s Mr. Rogers pic “You Are My Friend,” sources tell Variety.

Diary of a Teenage Girl” director Marielle Heller is helming the movie from a script by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.

The film is inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod (Rhys). In the story, a cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed.

The film is positioning itself as an awards player by setting an Oct. 18, 2019, release date.

Big Beach Films is producing with Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf producing for the company alongside Youree Henley (“The Beguiled”). Leah Holzer of Big Beach will executive produce, along with Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster.
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'Hotel Transylvania 3' Tops Weekend Box Office While 'Skyscraper' Struggles

'Hotel Transylvania 3' Tops Weekend Box Office While 'Skyscraper' Struggles
Sony Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation continued the franchise tradition of debuting atop the weekend box office and doing so with over $40 million over the three-day. The weekend also featured a strong expansion from Annapurna's Sorry to Bother You, which landed in seventh position on the weekend chart, but unfortunately for Universal's Skyscraper, the weekend's other new wide release, it struggled over its opening weekend, failing to meet the studio's expectations, delivering a third place finish. With an estimated $44.1 million, Sony Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3 finished atop the weekend box office. While that total does include the $2.6 million the film brought in from Thursday evening previews, it doesn't include the $1.27 million from Amazon Prime showings on June 30, which bring the film's domestic cume to just over $45 million so far. The film's three-day opening tops the $42.5 million the first film in the franchise brought in back in 2012, while falling a
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Found: Stanley Kubrick’s Lost Screenplay, ‘Burning Secret’

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Found: Stanley Kubrick’s Lost Screenplay, ‘Burning Secret’
A script co-written by Stanley Kubrick has been found by a British film academic who was researching the legendary director’s last picture, “Eyes Wide Shut.” The screenplay, “Burning Secret,” is an adaptation of a 1913 novella by Austrian novelist and playwright Stefan Zweig.

It was written by Kubrick and author and screenwriter Calder Willingham (“The Graduate”) in 1956. The story follows a mother and son on a holiday and a mysterious man who befriends the young boy in an attempt to seduce his mother.

It was known that Kubrick had worked on “Burning Secret” but not to what extent, or whether there was a completed screenplay. Nathan Abrams, a film professor at Bangor University in Wales, told BBC radio Monday that he was shown the 100-plus-page screenplay by the son of one of Kubrick’s collaborators, who wants to remain anonymous. The Guardian reported the find on Sunday.

“It’s a full script: beginning,
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Beanie Feldstein Comedy ‘How To Build A Girl’ Adds Cast, Lionsgate With Shoot Under Way

Beanie Feldstein Comedy ‘How To Build A Girl’ Adds Cast, Lionsgate With Shoot Under Way
Beanie Feldstein starrer How To Build A Girl is now under way in UK with Lionsgate on board for UK distribution.

Joining Feldstein (Lady Bird) and Game Of Thrones star Alfie Allen in the comedic coming-of-age feature are Paddy Considine (Journeyman), Sarah Solemani (Bridget Jones’s Baby), Laurie Kynaston (England Is Mine), Joanna Scanlan (Pin Cushion), Arinzé Kene (Been So Long), Frank Dillane (In The Heart Of The Sea), Tadhg Murphy (Guerrilla) and Ziggy Heath (Spies of Warsaw).

Director Coky Giedroyc, whose TV credits include episodes of The Killing and BBC drama The Hour, is helming the feature, which is written by UK broadcaster and author Caitlin Moran (based on her autobiographical best-seller of the same name).

Feldstein will play Johanna Morrigan in the 1993-set movie. Morrigan is sixteen, smart, opinionated and overweight. Hormones raging, she is desperate to get out of her home town and make a name for herself – which she does,
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‘Rugrats’ Gets Nickelodeon Revival, Live-Action Film From Paramount Players

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‘Rugrats’ Gets Nickelodeon Revival, Live-Action Film From Paramount Players
Nickelodeon is reviving the animated kids series “Rugrats” with a 26-episode order and a live-action film from Paramount Players.

Production has already begun on the new series, though no premiere date or cast information has been announced. Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain, creators of the original 1991 series, will return as executive producers.

The movie, which is written by David Goodman and described as a “live-action film featuring CGI characters,” is slated for a November 13, 2020 release.

Also Read: Cyma Zarghami Steps Down as President of Nickelodeon Group

Both projects will feature the original characters Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, twins Phil and Lil DeVille and Angelica Pickles, as well as introduce new ones. It becomes the latest Nick project to get a revival, following the recently announced return of “Blue’s Clues” and upcoming “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “Invader Zim” specials.

Rugrats is hands-down one of the most celebrated cartoons in TV history,
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‘The Wizard of Oz’ Animated Film Will Retell the Story From Toto’s Perspective

‘The Wizard of Oz’ Animated Film Will Retell the Story From Toto’s Perspective
Ever watched The Wizard of Oz and thought: this could be better if it was told entirely from the perspective of Dorothy’s dog, Toto? Well you’re in luck because Warner Bros. is developing an animated film based on Michael Morpurgo‘s children’s book Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz. Because let’s be honest, we could […]

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‘Birds of Prey’ Revealed: Margot Robbie Film Will Feature Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, Renee Montoya (Exclusive)

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‘Birds of Prey’ Revealed: Margot Robbie Film Will Feature Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, Renee Montoya (Exclusive)
Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, and Renee Montoya will join Harley Quinn’s girl gang in the Margot Robbie film “Birds of Prey,” TheWrap has exclusively learned.

Robbie will produce “Birds of Prey” and reprise her “Suicide Squad” character, Harley Quinn. The film is centered around a revolving group of female heroes and villains, individuals with knowledge of thew project tell TheWrap.

In addition, TheWrap has learned that the villain in “Birds of Prey” will be a Batman comics villain who has never before appeared on the big screen.

Birds of Prey” will be produced by Kroll & Co Entertainment’s Sue Kroll and Clubhouse PicturesBryan Unkeless, as well as Robbie.

Also Read: Margot Robbie Teases Harley Quinn Spinoff 'Birds of Prey' as 'R-Rated Girl Gang Film'

Here is a rundown of the “Birds of Prey” characters, who will be familiar to longtime DC comics fans:

-Black Canary,
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Harrison Ford Eyes ‘Call of the Wild’ (Exclusive)

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Harrison Ford Eyes ‘Call of the Wild’ (Exclusive)
Harrison Ford is in negotiations to star in “Call of the Wild,” Variety has learned.

If a deal is reached, the “Star Wars” actor will play John Thornton, a prospector braving the Yukon on the hunt for gold. The big-budget film is being adapted by 20th Century Fox from the classic 1903 Jack London novel about the Klondike gold rush of the 1890s. It has impressive cinematic as well as literary pedigree. Thornton was previously played by Clark Gable in a 1935 film version and by Charlton Heston in a 1972 version. Over the decades, “Call of the Wild” has inspired everything from a silent movie to a Snoopy TV special.

Chris Sanders (“The Croods”) is directing the film, which will have a script by Michael Green (“Logan”). Erwin Stoff is producing with Diana Pokorny serving as executive producer and Ryan Stafford working as co-producer. Steve Asbell will oversee the production for Fox.
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Keanu Reeves Casts Doubt on ‘Bill & Ted 3’ Actually Happening: ‘It Still Has Its Challenges’

Keanu Reeves Casts Doubt on ‘Bill & Ted 3’ Actually Happening: ‘It Still Has Its Challenges’
“Bill & Ted” fans rejoiced in May when it was confirmed a third film in the franchise was on the way with original stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Returning returning. The film, entitled “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” announced it was heading into pre-production with “Galaxy Quest” and “Red 2” filmmaker Dean Parisot directing from a script by Chris Matheson and Ed Soloman, both of whom wrote the 1989 original and its 1991 sequel. Unfortunately, the third installment might not be as much of a guarantee as originally reported.

Speaking to Yahoo! Entertainment, Reeves cast doubt on “Bill & Ted Face the Music” happening by teasing some behind-the-scenes issues. The actor did not get into any of the specifics, but he did mention he’s unsure as of July 2018 if a third movie is “a reality.” Reeves said the script is ready to go but that “financing, rights, deals” are standing in the way.
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‘Galveston’ Trailer: Mélanie Laurent and the Creator of ‘True Detective’ Team for a Thriller

‘Galveston’ Trailer: Mélanie Laurent and the Creator of ‘True Detective’ Team for a Thriller
“What if the star of Inglourious Basterds adapted a novel from the creator of True Detective?” You likely never asked yourself that question, but here’s the answer anyway: Galveston. The film hails from actress and filmmaker Mélanie Laurent, based on the novel of the same name from author Nic Pizzolatto. Below, check out the Galveston trailer, highlighting Laurent’s stylish adaptation. […]

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Netflix Picks up Kim Jee-woon’s ‘Wolf Brigade’ (Exclusive)

Netflix has acquired nearly global rights to “Illang: The Wolf Brigade,” a new action thriller from leading South Korean director Kim Jee-woon.

The film, previously also known as “Inrang” is a live action adaptation of 1999 Japanese-made animation “Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade.” Set in 2029, it follows the actions of a special forces squad set up to quell a terrorist sect which opposes the formation of a joint government between North and South Korea.

Kim, whose credits include “The Age of Shadows,” and “The Good, The Bad, The Weird,” has assembled a star cast that includes Jung Woo-sung, Han Hyo-joo, and Gang Dong-won.

The streaming giant is understood to have picked up all rights outside Korea, but it has not yet revealed a release date. Its holdback is likely to take into account both the Korean theatrical release, through Warner Bros. starting on July 25, and the film’s recent selection to play
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Tom Six's The Onania Club: is this the year's most loathsome trailer?

The trailer for Human Centipede director’s new film, in which women masturbate over footage of 9/11, is simply witless provocation

If you’ve read any of these trailer reviews before, you’ll know that they operate to a rigid formula. I watch the trailer, I screengrab the trailer and then I make a series of hackneyed non-jokes about the trailer. This approach works for most films; but not The Onania Club.

The trailer for The Onania ClubTom Six’s barely anticipated follow-up to the Human Centipede trilogy – was released yesterday. It is 40 seconds long, and it cannot be screengrabbed. This is because, in its entirety, The Onania Club’s trailer just consists of women masturbating to 9/11.
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Film Review: ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’

Film Review: ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’
“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” the perfectly titled sequel to “Mamma Mia!” (it opens 10 years to the week after the first film), kicks off on a bubbly high. It’s 1979, and Donna, the free-spirited expatriate-on-a-Greek-island innkeeper played by Meryl Streep, is now played, at the end of her Oxford undergraduate days, by Lily James, in honey-gold ringlets, with a smile that could light up several city blocks. She comes onstage to deliver a graduation speech, and instead tugs the gown off her shoulders to do an unexpectedly fiery rendition of “When I Kissed the Teacher.”

Ten years ago, in “Mamma Mia!,” most of the actors approached singing Abba songs as if they’d been given a free pass on karaoke night. Some belted, some crooned, some warbled, and even the great Streep kept declaiming the lyrics as if she thought every line of singing was supposed to be a line of acting.
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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Review: Lily James Is a Breakout, but This Energetic Sequel Misses Meryl Streep

‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Review: Lily James Is a Breakout, but This Energetic Sequel Misses Meryl Streep
Half sequel, half prequel, and almost entirely disconnected from the film being sold by its trailers, Ol Parker’s “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is an amiable, energetic followup to the 2008 smash hit. It’s also missing its biggest star, Meryl Streep as Donna Sheridan, and her absence is keenly felt. Thank goodness then for Lily James, whose performance as a young version of Streep’s irrepressible heroine finally seems like the one to catapult the actress to the next level of her career, while also keeping the dizzy (and dizzying) musical afloat.

Set five years after the events of the first film, “Here We Go Again” returns to the picturesque Greek island of Kalokairi, where Donna’s daughter Sophie (a returning Amanda Seyfried) is attempting to make her mother’s long-running dreams of turning their rustic farmhouse into a glitzy hotel come true, though noticeably without the help
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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again review – feta fever dream sequel is weirdly irresistible

I was not among those begging for a followup to the wildly successful 2008 Abba musical. But after just a few scenes, all I could say was: Gimme, Gimme, Gimme

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of Abba must over the years have considered what they would do if they were asked to sign off on a second iteration of what can only be called the Mamma Mia! movie franchise – which first appeared in 2008. Perhaps they thought that, in the words of the song: “If I had to do the same again, I would my friend, because quite frankly it’s a licence to print money.”

That first film made me break out in a combination of hives and bubonic plague. And to be honest, this new one does have the original film’s plotless melange of feelgoodery, an exotically amorphous jellyfish of a film which is periodically zapped with the million-volt
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'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' revs up for global launch

'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' revs up for global launch
World premiere took place in London on Sunday night.

Universal top brass are preparing for the global launch of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again this week, exactly 10 years after Mamma Mia! took off en route to a $609.8m final global tally.

The musical sequel, based like the original on Abba songs, ventures into 41 territories this week, day-and-date with Friday’s [July 20] North American bow in approximately 3,200 theatres.

The UK, Australia, Germany, Spain and Abba’s home country Sweden are expected to be among the highlights in the first wave as the family tentpole rolls out through September.

The 2008 original opened
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Film News Roundup: Rose Byrne in Talks to Join Tiffany Haddish’s ‘Limited Partners’

In today’s film news roundup, Paramount is trying to bring Rose Byrne on board a Tiffany Haddish project, MGM moves up the release date of “Operation Finale,” and Telexist Films launches as a post-production specialist.

Casting

Paramount Studios is in negotiations with Rose Byrne to join the upcoming Tiffany Haddish comedy “Limited Partners.”

The studio announced in May that it had pulled “Transformers 7” from its June 28, 2019, release date, and slotted Haddish’s comedy “Limited Partners” in its place. Paramount set up the project last fall with writers Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly. The story centers on two female friends who build a successful company, then find their relationship tested following a buyout offer.

Byrne will play the more pragmatic of the two best friends. The comedy is prepping for an October production start. Peter Principato, Itay Reiss, and Joel Zadak are producing.

Byrne has starred in the “Neighbors” movies,
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Superhero Bits: The Joker Origin Movie Rumors, Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Hints & More

Superhero Bits: The Joker Origin Movie Rumors, Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Hints & More
What Oscar-winning actress has already passed on a role in The Joker movie with Joaquin Phoenix? What shade did Edward Norton throw at Marvel Studios recently? Has The Dark Knight done more harm than good to the comic book genre? Which actress is playing roles in both Aquaman and Shazam? Why does an Agent Carter […]

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