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Channing Tatum to Headline and Produce Disney’s ‘Bob the Musical’

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Channing Tatum to Headline and Produce Disney’s ‘Bob the Musical’
Channing Tatum is attached to headline and produce Disney’s musical comedy “Bob the Musical,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Tatum will produce with his company, Free Association, along with partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan. Tripp Vinson and Chris Bender are also attached to produce. There are no other attachments at this time and the studio will be looking to find a director. Jessica Virtue and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing for the studio.

“Bob the Musical” centers on a regular guy whose worst nightmare comes to life after he receives a blow to the head and wakes up to finds that he’s trapped in a musical. The project initially was set in 2004 and is one of the longest projects in development at Disney this century. Tom Cruise previously circled the project.

Also Read: Todd Strauss-Schulson to Direct Channing Tatum's 'Zombie Brother' at STXfilms

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Jon Stewart’s ‘Irresistible’ With Steve Carell to Hit Theaters This May

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Jon Stewart’s ‘Irresistible’ With Steve Carell to Hit Theaters This May
Focus Features will release the latest film from director Jon Stewart called “Irresistible” on May 29, 2020, the distributor announced Wednesday.

Steve Carell, Chris Cooper and Rose Byrne star in the political comedy that the former “Daily Show” host both wrote and directed.

Irresistible” is a satire about what happens when a small Wisconsin town becomes the main attraction of our political circus. After the Democrat’s top strategist Gary (Steve Carell) sees a video of a retired Marine Colonel (Chris Cooper) standing up for the rights of his town’s undocumented workers, Gary believes he has found the key to winning back the Heartland. However, when the Republicans counter him by sending in his brilliant nemesis Faith (Rose Byrne), what started out as a local race quickly becomes an out-of-control and hilarious fight for the soul of America.
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'Color Out of Space' Filmmaker Richard Stanley Is Planning a Lovecraft Trilogy

'Color Out of Space' Filmmaker Richard Stanley Is Planning a Lovecraft Trilogy
South African filmmaker Richard Stanley is currently enjoying a years-later career revival thanks to The Color Out of Space, a new film based on H.P. Lovecraft’s classic short story. Stanley’s adaptation stars Nicolas Cage as an eccentric, alpaca-raising patriarch whose family’s members all lose their minds after they’re exposed to an alien meteorite.

Both Stanley’s Color and ongoing comeback would not have been possible without the success of Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau, writer-director David Gregory’s detailed and unsparing 2014 documentary about the catastrophic production of 1996's ...
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‘Fanboys’ Writer Wants to Make a Sequel Focused on The Snyder Cut of ‘Justice League’

‘Fanboys’ Writer Wants to Make a Sequel Focused on The Snyder Cut of ‘Justice League’
Remember Fanboys? It was a comedy released in 2009 following a group of friends in 1999 who decide to break into Skywalker Ranch in an attempt to steal a rough cut of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. But it’s not just because they want to see it early. The group learns that one among them […]

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The Rescue review – turbulent Chinese air-rescue adventure

Despite some dazzling, nail-biting chopper stunts, there’s an excess of pointless rushing around in this hymn to China’s emergency services

This goofy event movie is vying for the attentions of the Chinese lunar new year audience: a frenetic, exhausting mix of soap and spectacle. It’s overseen by Dante Lam, a sometime cult director confirming the transition into commercial respectability he made with the state-sanctioned seat-filler Operation Red Sea (2018). The pitch was presumably Top Gun with air-rescue workers.

Heroic winchman Gao (Eddie Peng) is introduced swinging through a collapsing oil rig and winds up in fraught navigation of a stricken ship. Yet, once back on dry land, Lam proves just as preoccupied with Gao’s curly-haired moppet Congcong (Zhang Jingyi) and his progress through toilet training.
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Film Review: ‘The Turning’

Film Review: ‘The Turning’
Director Floria Sigismondi’s “The Turning” is like the alt-rock cousin of author Henry James’ novella “The Turn of the Screw.” From its grunge-infused soundtrack and period setting to its fiery feminist overtones, this is an ambitious contemporary take on the iconic, claustrophobic thriller. Concerning two young orphans who psychologically torment their caretaker in a spooky, sprawling mansion, it comes across as a fuzzy, frayed adaptation courtesy of a gimmicky, ambiguous climax that undermines the journey. Lacking spine-tingling dread, taut tension, and the deservingly provocative ending needed to make its modern sentiments land, this re-imagining is less than a classic.

Bubbly teacher Kate (Mackenzie Davis) has taken a position at Bly Manor as governess for 7-year-old Flora (Brooklynn Prince), who’s suffering from trauma associated with the death of her parents outside the gates of the palatial estate. The family’s former live-in nanny, Miss Jessel (Denna Thomsen), abruptly left
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Generations 14+ entry 'Goddess Of The Fireflies' among WaZabi Films Efm slate (exclusive)

Quebec Christmas hit Thanks For Everything among roster.

Montreal-based WaZabi Films is launching four titles at Efm including Generations 14+ selection Goddess Of The Fireflies and Frankel starring Berlinale international jury president Jeremy Irons.

Anick Poirier and Lorne Price’s team will be in Berlin introducing buyers to three other titles, having boarded Quebec Christmas hit Thanks For Everything (Merci Pour Tout), which is approaching $1m (C$1.3m), youth drama Flashwood, and Pascal Plante’s Nadia Butterfly, about a professional swimmer in her 20s facing retirement.

Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette’s Goddess Of The Fireflies (La Déesse Des Mouches À Feu) is based
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‘Birds of Prey’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company, Warner Bros. claims the top spot in spending with “Birds of Prey.”

Ads placed for the superhero film had an estimated media value of $6.94 million through Sunday for 431 national ad airings on 23 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Jan. 13-19. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Warner Bros. prioritized spend across networks including Fox, CBS and ESPN, and during programming such as NFL Football, College Football and This Is Us.

Just behind “Birds of Prey” in second place: Disney Pixar’s “Onward,” which saw 221 national ad airings across eight networks, with an estimated media value of $5.95 million.

TV ad placements for Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Call of the Wild” (Emv: $5.8 million), Universal Pictures’ “Dolittle” ($5.72 million
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Film News Roundup: Netflix Developing Anime Feature ‘The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf’

In today’s film news roundup, Netflix announces a spinoff feature based on “The Witcher,” Liam Neeson’s “Honest Thief” finds a home and Sheryl Main will receive the Henri Bollinger Award.

Project Launched

Netflix is expanding its fantasy series “The Witcher” with an anime feature film “The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.”

The streamer made the announcement Wednesday, a day after Netflix disclosed its best-ever results for its first-season original TV series with 76 million member households choosing to watch, according to the company’s new metric. The series stars Henry Cavill as the opponent of supernatural beasts in the vast world of The Continent.

The anime film is from “The Witcher” series producers Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Beau DeMayo, along with the Korean animation studio Studio Mir animation studio. Netflix provided a bare-bones description of the project, saying, “The world of ‘The Witcher’ expands in this anime film that
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‘Captain Marvel 2’ Hires ‘WandaVision’ Writer, But Original Directors Won’t Return

Marvel revealed 11 film and TV projects

at Comic-Con this past summer, three more at D23, but there was barely a

mention of the billion-dollar grossing “Captain

Marvel” franchise except from a little throwaway aside that President Kevin Feige made at the very end, “we

didn’t even mention that we’re making ‘Black

Panther 2’ and we didn’t mention that ‘Guardians

of the Galaxy 3’ is coming.

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‘Captain Marvel 2’ Aiming for 2022 Release; Hires ‘WandaVision’ Writer and Looks for New Director

Captain Marvel was a big hit for Disney and Marvel. Even though the character hadn't appeared in any other Marvel movie until her solo feature, the film still grossed over $1 billion worldwide and the character was warmly received. Still, when Marvel announced Phase Four—which encompasses the films and TV series Marvel intends to release in 2020 and 2021—Captain Marvel 2 was nowhere to be found. And it turns out that's because it's likely arriving in 2022. THR reports that Marvel is lining up the superhero sequel for a date in 2022, and they're …
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‘Captain Marvel’ Sequel in Development

‘Captain Marvel’ Sequel in Development
Disney has officially launched development of a “Captain Marvel” sequel.

The studio is in final negotiations with Megan McDonnell, a staff writer on Marvel-based series “WandaVision” on the project. The 2019 blockbuster “Captain Marvel” starred Brie Larson as Carol Danvers and grossed $1.13 billion worldwide.

Disney and Marvel have not yet set a release date or announced a title for the “Captain Marvel” sequel.

Captain Marvel” centered on Danvers becoming the vastly powerful Captain Marvel after the Earth is caught at the center of a galactic conflict in 1995. The cast included Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. The movie was written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

It was also Marvel’s first female-centric movie. Larson also appeared as Captain Marvel in 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame.”

“WandaVision” will debut later this year on Disney Plus. The series
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Superhero Bits: Rupert Wyatt Suits Up as Captain America, Fanmade ‘Marvel Zombies’ Trailer & More

Superhero Bits: Rupert Wyatt Suits Up as Captain America, Fanmade ‘Marvel Zombies’ Trailer & More
Want to see a fanmade trailer for a prospective Marvel Zombies movie? How about some Falcon and the Winter Soldier set photos with Rupert Wyatt suited up as Captain America? Will you get some new Funko POPs of the villains from Batman Returns and Batman Forever? Want to listen to a message from John Constantine […]

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‘Irresistible’, a New Movie Written and Directed by Jon Stewart, Will Arrive this May

‘Irresistible’, a New Movie Written and Directed by Jon Stewart, Will Arrive this May
Jon Stewart is about to give filmmaking another go. The comedian, former Daily Show host, and 9/11 First Responders Bill advocate made his feature directorial debut in 2014 with Rosewater, a film that really didn’t garner much attention or love. Now he’s back with Irresistible, a political satire about Democrat and Republican political strategists, played by Steve Carell and Rose […]

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Back to One, Episode 93: Marsha Stephanie Blake

Marsha Stephanie Blake destroyed me. Not just once, a few times. Her devastating portrayal of Linda McCray in When They See Us was justifiably recognized with an Emmy nomination last year. She talks extensively about one line in particular that really got to me in that incredible limited series. She also “kills” with comedy too. Like in The Merchant Of Venice on Broadway. She talks about obsessively studying Al Pacino during that run, and relishing her time with Viola Davis on this season of How To Get Away With Murder. She was on her way toward a career in medicine when […]
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‘Parasite’ Returning to Select Theatres in New Black and White Version

Parasite is an excellent film, one that's ferociously entertaining, eviscerating of class and capitalism disparities, and relentlessly rewatchable. How'd you like to rewatch it... in black and white? That's right -- Neon, the film's Us distributor, just announced that director Bong Joon Ho has prepared a special black and white version of his masterpiece, and it will screen in select theatres in New York and Los Angeles. For the director, black and white cinema has been a dream for some time, with classic films like Nosferatu embedding into his consciousness. He explains: [caption id="attachment_862750" align="alignright" …
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Aviron Pictures Hit With Layoffs, Joel Kinnaman Action Movie ‘The Informer’ in Limbo

Fledgling distributor Aviron Pictures has been hit with a significant staff reduction less than a month after the removal of top executive WIlliam Sadleir, numerous insiders told Variety.

Almost half of a staff of 30 were dismissed last week, amid wide rumors that the company’s deep-pocketed financier Black Rock has defunded the outfit entirely, sources said. A full shuttering is expected, they said.

A spokesperson for Aviron and Black Rock had no immediate comment on the matter.

Among those dismissed was all of the marketing group, domestic distribution head Greg Forston and all but one of his team, and publicity chief Claire Heath. Indie veteran David Dinerstein, Aviron’s president, remains in his role, insiders added.

Variety reported in early January that founder Sadleir was removed from his position under a contractual provision given to Black Rock, though the motivation still remains unclear. Variety also reported at the time that
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‘The Force’ Movie: Matt Damon Reunites With Director James Mangold for Don Winslow Crime Thriller

Author Don Winslow‘s 2017 novel The Force earned Hollywood’s attention before it was even published. But now the project is gaining steam, because a new report says that Matt Damon (Jason Bourne) is set to reunite with his Ford v Ferrari director James Mangold to star in an upcoming movie adaptation. We’ve known for a while […]

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Bong Joon Ho’s Black-and-White ‘Parasite’ Is Coming to Theaters

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Bong Joon Ho’s Black-and-White ‘Parasite’ Is Coming to Theaters
Audiences in New York and Los Angeles will soon be able to experience Bong Joon Ho’s Best Picture Oscar nominee “Parasite” in black-and-white. This special presentation of the South Korean film, which is up for six Academy Awards, will first debut at the International Film Festival Rotterdam at the end of January. Stateside screenings will then follow, courtesy of distributor Neon, beginning in New York, presented by Film at Lincoln Center at the Walter Reade Theater on January 30, and subsequently January 31 through February 6 at the Francesca Beale Theater. In Los Angeles, this alternate version of the history-making thriller — the first South Korean film to compete at the Oscars — will be presented at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre on Friday, January 31.

“I’m extremely happy to present ‘Parasite’ in black and white and have it play on the big screen,” Bong said in a statement. “It will be fascinating
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Harvey Weinstein’s Lawyer Seeks Mistrial When D.A. Refers to Bill Clinton Friendship

Harvey Weinstein’s Lawyer Seeks Mistrial When D.A. Refers to Bill Clinton Friendship
Harvey Weinstein was associated with the Clintons for years, socially and as a generous donor to both of their political campaigns. And according to prosecutors in Weinstein’s criminal trial, he bragged about his friendship with the former president to women he allegedly sexually assaulted, in an effort to intimidate them.

During opening statements on Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast included a photo of Weinstein with Bill Clinton to help showcase his power and high-profile relationships that spanned beyond Hollywood.

The Clinton reference did not sit well with Weinstein’s legal team, prompting his attorney Arthur Aidala to ask to start the trial all over again with a new jury.

Aidala said the inclusion of Weinstein’s photo with Clinton was “completely inappropriate” and only utilized to “poison the jury.”

“To show President Bill Clinton in a sex crimes case to be put up on the screen… Clinton has
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