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Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Half’ Movie Adaptation in the Works

Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Half’ Movie Adaptation in the Works
Stephen King’s horror novel “The Dark Half” is getting the movie treatment at MGM with “Her Smell” director Alex Ross Perry on board to helm.

King wrote the book in 1989 about a novelist whose pseudonym comes to life as a murderous twin after his own pen name, Richard Bachman, was revealed.

MGM first adapted a film version in 1993 with zombie horror icon George Romero directing and Timothy Hutton starring. Hutton portrayed the best-selling author Thad Beaumont, who also sells grisly crime novels under the name George Stark. When the pseudonym is exposed, the author and his wife give the other author a ceremonial burial — resulting in George Stark coming alive and going on a murder spree. The movie was a box office flop, grossing $10 million from a $15 million budget.

King’s novels have been mined and mined again for Hollywood movies and TV shows, including 1976’s “Carrie,” “The Shining,
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‘The Flash’ and ‘The Matrix 4’ Get Release Dates from Warner Bros.

‘The Flash’ and ‘The Matrix 4’ Get Release Dates from Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. has dated the fourth “The Matrix” movie and “The Flash” for summer openings in 2021 and 2022.

The studio announced Wednesday that “The Flash” would be released on July 1, 2022, while the untitled “Matrix” would open on May 21, 2021.

Original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are returning for the fourth “Matrix” along with co-creator Lana Wachowski. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, and Neil Patrick Harris will also star.

The Matrix movie is taking over the slot for “Akira,” which has been pulled off the schedule.
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SAG Awards Nominations: ‘Bombshell’, ‘The Irishman’, ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Top Film List, ‘Fleabag’ Scores In TV – Complete List Of Noms

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SAG Awards Nominations: ‘Bombshell’, ‘The Irishman’, ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Top Film List, ‘Fleabag’ Scores In TV – Complete List Of Noms
The SAG Awards nominations are underway his morning for its 26th edition, with America Ferrera and Danai Gurira revealing the list in 15 film and TV categories in a ceremony at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center. Winners will be revealed in an ceremony January 19 live on TNT and TBS.

SAG AFTRA’s annual awards are a key stopping point in the awards season calendar, with its Ensemble awards on the film side a key barometer ahead of the Oscars. Last year, that honor went to Marvel’s Black Panther, which went on to get an historic Best Picture Oscar nom. Guild voters also matched eventual acting winners Rami Malek and Mahershala Ali.

On the TV side, NBC’s This Is Us and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs Maisel won top ensemble honors. Will This Is Us return to defend in a year when no broadcast network shows made the cut for the Golden Globes noms announced Monday?

Below are the this year’s SAG Awards categories.
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The Bikes of Wrath review – cyclists take the dustbowl migrants' road

Five friends with limited experience in the saddle ride 2,600 miles across the Us in an endearingly honest documentary

As bike touring booms, we’ve seen a trickle of documentaries by cyclists filming their adventures on helmet cameras. This one, from Australian director Cameron Ford, is slicker than most. In 2015, Ford and four mates cycled 2,600 miles in 30 days across America in the footsteps of John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, following the route of dustbowl migrants searching for a better life.

The five men travelled on a budget of $420, the equivalent of the $18 an average depression-era family had to get them to California. This creates the slightly queasy sight of affluent guys in expensive Patagonia T-shirts slumming it and relying on the kindness of strangers – some of whom are themselves clearly only just scraping by on low incomes.
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Great Point Media Teams With Mc Credit Partners on New $100 Million Film and TV Fund

Great Point Media is launching a new $100 million content fund that it will use to invest in film and TV projects. The U.K. company has partnered with U.S.-based institutional investor Mc Credit Partners (McCp), which will manage the fund.

The first films and TV shows to benefit will be announced early in 2020, Great Point CEO Jim Reeve told Variety. “We hope to build on this with other prospective investors,” he said. “We will be financing new, larger independent films, and TV. Broadly the fund means we can do more, and also gives us the capability to do bigger projects.”

The deal with McCp was more than a year in the making, and is part of Great Point’s wider investment strategy. The company is an investor in a new New York studio facility under construction, which will have Lionsgate as its anchor tenant, through Great Point Capital Management.
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John Boyega Apologizes for ‘Badly Worded’ Comments He Made in Variety Interview

John Boyega Apologizes for ‘Badly Worded’ Comments He Made in Variety Interview
John Boyega has apologized for comments made to Variety that some readers construed as an attack on his “Star Wars” co-star Kelly Marie Tran.

Boyega took to Twitter on Thursday to clarify his remarks to Variety’s Adam B. Vary that social media was a tough environment “for those who are not mentally strong” and that “you are weak to believe in every single thing that you read.” Some interpreted Boyega’s comments as a slam on Tran, who quit social media last year after months of harassment.

Boyega said Thursday that he was not speaking of his co-star, whose character in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Rose Tico, was the first woman of color in a lead role in the iconic franchise.

“In no way was I referring to Kelly when I made my comments although the interviewer mentioned her given the topic. I was really speaking from my own perspective throughout this franchise.
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Jeonju Festival Appoints ‘Burning’ Producer Lee Joon-dong as Director

Jeonju Festival Appoints ‘Burning’ Producer Lee Joon-dong as Director
The Jeonju International Film Festival has appointed leading art-house producer Lee Joon-dong (“Burning”) as its director. The festival is usually regarded as the second most significant in South Korea, behind Busan.

The appointment was announced on Wednesday by Kim Seung-su, chairman of the festival’s organizing committee. It follows several months of internal discord and the resignation of three senior programmers last month.

Kim Young-jin, Lee Sang-yong and Jang Byeong-won, who had led festival as a programming team since 2015, said their departure was in response to political interference by the local authorities.

Lee, who will enjoy a three-year mandate, is CEO of Nowfilm and Pinehouse Film, the company behind many of the films by Lee Chang-dong. Lee has production credits on “Poetry” and “Oasis” by Lee Chang-dong, as well as on “Hwayi: A Monster Boy,” “A Brand New Life,” and “The Mermaid.” He is also a former vice-chairman of Korean Film Council
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The Kingmaker review – exquisitely horrible portrait of Imelda Marcos

The former first lady of the Philippines is revealed as a monstrous, loathsome, absurdly queenly figure in Lauren Greenfield’s superb documentary

Lauren Greenfield’s film about the Philippines’ former first lady Imelda Marcos reveals a grotesquely self-pitying, wholly unrepentant and very rich woman, who has clearly still kept her hands on a great deal of the American aid money that successive Us presidents once gave the Philippines in return for suppressing communism and civil rights and showing hospitality to Us naval power – cash that she and her husband, Ferdinand, looted from the public purse and salted away abroad.

Related: 'She's an unreliable narrator': Lauren Greenfield on her Imelda Marcos documentary
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'Crass and contemptible': is Clint Eastwood's new movie built on a lie?

Oscar-tipped drama Richard Jewell, the story of the security guard falsely accused of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing, has come under fire for suggesting a journalist traded sex for FBI tips

Clint Eastwood’s indignant, Oscar-buzzed new drama Richard Jewell tasks itself with a noble and initially justifiable aim: to tell the truth about a man whose name has been unfairly slandered. It’s written, quite literally on the poster, with the words “true” and “truth” promising, at long last, facts behind the headlines that followed the tragic bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. But there’s a catch.

Related: Clint Eastwood Atlanta bombing film criticised over 'sex-for-tips' reporter
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The 50 best films of 2019 in the UK: No 7 – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s masterful projection of 1960s La may rewrite history, but is saturated with his love of the era

This article contains spoilersThe year’s 50 best films

Not much stands between us and the Netflix-inspired bonfire of the cinemagoing experience: even titans such as Martin Scorsese have succumbed, caught between the pressing needs of escalating production budgets and shrinking box-office expectations. To give him his due, Quentin Tarantino is not going down without a fight. This is a director who prizes the actual projection of celluloid on large silver screens – and, in fact, one of the most enjoyable sequences in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood follows starlet Sharon Tate into a movie-theatre showing of the spy comedy The Wrecking Crew, in which she appeared opposite Dean Martin. From the lobby cards to the upholstery to the glittering beams of light, Tarantino offers a lovingly detailed homage to
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Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jon M. Chu Tease ‘In the Heights’ Movie

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jon M. Chu Tease ‘In the Heights’ Movie
Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Jon M. Chu and star Anthony Ramos took the train to the top of the world to offer a sneak peek of “In the Heights,” Warner Bros.’ big-screen adaptation of Miranda’s (other) hit musical.

“I’m thrilled we’re here, and I’m thrilled we’re uptown,” Miranda rhapsodized to a packed crowd at a cozy restaurant space in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. “I started writing this show when I was 19 years old, six blocks away, where my parents live.”

Before Miranda hypnotized the world with “Hamilton,” he created the Tony-nominated “In the Heights,” a slice-of-life musical that centers on a bodega owner named Usnavi. The movie doesn’t debut in theaters until next summer, but Wednesday night’s event treated attendees to a first look at the cinematic spectacle.

Before the trailer rolled, cast members including Corey Hawkins, Melissa Barrera,
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/Filmcast Ep. 546 – The Irishman (Guest: Melissa Tamminga from Seattle Screen Scene)

/Filmcast Ep. 546 – The Irishman (Guest: Melissa Tamminga from Seattle Screen Scene)
As 2019 comes to an end, David, Devindra, and Jeff evaluate the merits of “worst of the year” list. For the feature review, the cast plus Melissa Tamminga, writer for @SeattleScreen, discuss The Irishman, the latest crime drama directed and produced by Martin Scorsese. Does the three and half hour Netflix epic live up to its spiritual predecessors Mean […]

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Wong Kar-wai to Produce ‘Bad Genius’ Director’s ‘One For The Road’

Wong Kar-wai to Produce ‘Bad Genius’ Director’s ‘One For The Road’
Wong Kar-wai is producing “One For The Road,” a new film that reunites the director and star of 2017 Thai hit “Bad Genius.” Production in New York and Thailand will begin by the end of the year.

The film is a buddy drama and a road movie that sees two old friends who have been separated for years embark on final road trip when they discover that one of them has terminal cancer. But there is also another agenda behind the trip.

Directed by Nattawut (Baz) Poonpiriya, the picture will be produced by celebrated Hong Kong-based auteur Wong through his Jet Tone Films. International sales are to be handled by the related company Block 2 Distribution.

The screenplay is written by Poonpiriya, Nottapon (Kai) Boonprakob and Puangsoi Aksornsawang. Director of photography is Phaklao Jiraungkoonkun.

The Thai cast includes Thanapob (Tor) Leeratanakachorn, Nattarat (Ice) Noprattayakorn, Violette Wautier, Ploi Horwang, Siraphun (Noon) Wattanajinda and Chutimon (Aokbab) Chuengcharoensukying,
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Superhero Bits: DC Universe’s ‘Stargirl’ Trailer, Thomas Lennon Joins ‘Supergirl’ & More

Superhero Bits: DC Universe’s ‘Stargirl’ Trailer, Thomas Lennon Joins ‘Supergirl’ & More
What’s happening in Marvel Contest of Champions for the fifth anniversary of the game? Who is Thomas Lennon playing in this season of Supergirl? Want to see the first trailer for the new DC Universe series Stargirl? What was the most Googled movie of 2019? What does Thanos creator Jim Starlin think of the weird, […]

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Film News Roundup: Jesse Eisenberg to Star in Indie Thriller ‘Wild Indian’ (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: Jesse Eisenberg to Star in Indie Thriller ‘Wild Indian’ (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, Jesse Eisenberg is starring and exec producing “Wild Indian”; Jason Bateman is directing “Shut In”; “Saturday Night Live” veteran Paula Pell is honored; and the Palm Springs Film Festival sets its opening and closing films.

Casting

Jesse Eisenberg is starring in and executive producing the independent thriller “Wild Indian,” Variety has learned exclusively.

“Wild Indian,” written and directed by Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr., also stars Michael Greyeyes, Chaske Spencer, Kate Bosworth and Scott Haze (“Venom”). The film, shooting in Oklahoma City, was developed as part of the Sundance Institute Writers and Directors Lab as well as Sundance Catalyst.

The story follows two Anishinaabe men who are inextricably bound together after covering up the savage murder of a schoolmate. After years of separation following wildly divergent paths, they must finally confront how their traumatic secret has irrevocably shaped their lives. Greyeyes plays a character who
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Why the Writers Guild Awards Never Nominate Quentin Tarantino

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Why the Writers Guild Awards Never Nominate Quentin Tarantino
One way the Writers Guild of America leverages clout is by withholding non-signatories from being part of the WGA Awards. That’s why unlike other guilds, a clump of indie, British, and animated movies find themselves excluded every year. A WGA nomination isn’t essential for Oscar nomination; exceptions include American indie “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Iranian Oscar-winner “A Separation,” Oscar-winning British films “Les Miserables” and “The Favourite,” and all Pixar animated contenders, from “Up” to “Incredibles 2.” “The Artist” and “The King’s Speech” both won Best Picture without the benefit of a WGA nomination.

One person who never appears on those ballots: Quentin Tarantino. After the WGA granted the young screenwriter only a story credit on Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers,” Tarantino refused to join the guild. And so he’s not among the 64 original and 44 adapted screenplays on the WGA ballots that members began receiving this week.
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Top 19 Media Trends of 2019: Disney’s Box Office Dominance

The domestic box office market share over the last 12 years provides a sobering reminder of how important franchises are to studio performance, especially for Disney.

Although the 2019 box office looks to be falling short of the previous year’s total, Disney is ending the decade on the highest possible note, becoming the first studio ever to surpass $10 billion globally. This achievement isn’t surprising given Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Studios at the end of 2009 and Lucasfilm three years later.

Back then, Disney was averaging 12.7% of the domestic market from 2008-2012. Fast-forward to 2019, and Disney has amassed nearly $3.3 billion this year in the U.S. and Canada. Combined with $500 million from recent acquisition 20th Century Fox, Disney currently possesses 36.7% of the domestic market.

This success is fueled by the final and biggest “Avengers” film, “Avengers: Endgame,” multiple live-action remakes, and two big animated sequels. That doesn’t include the finale
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‘Shut In’: Jason Bateman to Direct ‘Panic Room’-Style Thriller for New Line

‘Shut In’: Jason Bateman to Direct ‘Panic Room’-Style Thriller for New Line
Hey, remember earlier this year when Jason Bateman beat out the directors of Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Killing Eve to win an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series? Split votes be damned – the dude took home the gold, and immediately parlayed that success into potentially directing a remake of […]

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Pierce Brosnan to Play the King in Camila Cabello’s ‘Cinderella’

Pierce Brosnan to Play the King in Camila Cabello’s ‘Cinderella’
Pierce Brosnan will play the king opposite Camila Cabello in writer-director Kay Cannon’s new telling of “Cinderella” for Sony Pictures.

Billy Porter, Idina Menzel and Nicholas Galitzine are also confirmed to star in the film, which will be released in theaters Feb. 5, 2021. Cabello, a multi-platinum selling and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, will be integrally involved in the music. “Cinderella” marks her acting debut.

The film is a musical comedy that reimagines the traditional “Cinderella” story, in which the heroine is an ambitious young woman whose dreams are bigger than the world will allow.

The movie is being produced by James Corden and Leo Pearlman through their Fulwell73 banner along with Jonathan Kadin and Shannon McIntosh, who exec produced “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Louise Rosner serves as executive producer on “Cinderella.”

Based on the fairy tale “Cendrillon” by Charles Perrault, the story of a poor young orphan woman and
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Watch This ‘Dolittle’ “Auditions” Video and Remember That This Movie Had a $175 Million Budget

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Watch This ‘Dolittle’ “Auditions” Video and Remember That This Movie Had a $175 Million Budget
Robert Downey Jr.‘s first post-mcu film is Dolittle, a remake of Dr. Dolittle that’s undergone heavy reshoots and seems about as ill-advised as the 1960s adaptation of this same story. In lieu of a new trailer, we instead have a Dolittle auditions video, which features Downey acting alongside some questionable-looking computer-animated animals. Nothing here looks very convincing, which […]

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