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Nicolas Cage Reteaming with 'Mandy' Producers for H.P. Lovecraft Adaptation

Nicolas Cage Reteaming with 'Mandy' Producers for H.P. Lovecraft Adaptation
There is never enough cosmic horror in film, but we're about to get one very exciting new addition to the subgenre. Nicolas Cage is set to star in an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's celebrated horror story Color Out of Space, with Hardware and Dust Devil helmer Richard Stanley directing -- his first feature in twenty years. Good lord, that's a mad and brilliant project, who could be behind such a thing? Why, the folks behind the mind-melting phantasmagoria that was Mandy, of course. Color out of Space comes from Ace Pictures and SpectreVision, the latter of …
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Sandra Bullock Re-Teams With Netflix to Produce Sci-Fi Movie ‘Reborn’

Sandra Bullock Re-Teams With Netflix to Produce Sci-Fi Movie ‘Reborn’
Sandra Bullock is re-teaming with Netflix to produce the science-fiction movie “Reborn” for the streaming service.

Chris McKay has been signed to direct the comic book adaptation. “It” producer Vertigo Entertainment is also on board to produce. Bullock starred in the Netflix movie “Bird Box,” which has been viewed in more than 80 million households, according to the streaming giant.

“Reborn,” written by Mark Millar and Greg Capullo, centers on an elderly woman who dies in a Manhattan hospital only to find herself reborn in the afterlife world of Adystria, where good and evil are waging an eternal war amid dragons. She then sets off on a quest to find her late husband.

“Reborn” has not yet been cast. Bullock will produce with Roy Lee and Miri Yoon for Vertigo Entertainment. Millar and Capullo will be executive producers. Co-producer will be Samantha Nisenboim.

McKay directed “The Lego Batman Movie” and is
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"Suits" Creator Aaron Korsh Shares Final Season Plans, Who May Return & More

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Aaron Korsh was an entry-level TV writer with a couple of credits when he created Suits. The legal drama went on to become a flagship series for USA Network and spawned a spinoff, the upcoming Pearson starring Gina Torres. Now the veteran drama, which returns for the back 6 episodes of its eighth season tonight, has been renewed for a 10-episode ninth and final season.

In an interview with Deadline, Korsh explains how the decision to end Suits was made and gives a glimpse at the plans for the final 10 episodes: would original stars Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle return, who else may come back, will there be a time jump, would the final season set up another Suits spinoff, will Harvey and Donna end up together, could Suits cast members migrate to Pearson, does Korsh have an ending in mind for the series and will it be a happy one.
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"Fosse/Verdon": FX Sets Premiere Date for Michelle Williams, Sam Rockwell-Led Limited Series

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FX has set the premiere date for "Fosse/Verdon," its upcoming limited series about the creative and romantic partnership between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon.

The eight-episode show will premiere Tuesday, April 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX, it was announced today by Chuck Saftler, President, Program Strategy and COO, FX Networks.

The series hails from award-winning producers Thomas Kail, Steven Levenson, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Joel Fields. Production on the series is currently underway in New York City.

More to come…
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"The Walking Dead" & "Stranger Things" Named Most In-Demand Series In the World

During the NATPE Miami international content market and conference on Jan. 22 it was revealed that The Walking Dead and Stranger Things were the most in-demand series in the world for 2018, according to Parrot Analytics

The global TV analytics firm announced the news during the inaugural Global TV Demand Awards. AMC’s undead drama The Walking Dead was the most in-demand TV series in the world while the nostalgic Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things was the Most In-Demand Digital Original Series in the World.

The Walking Dead cast members Josh McDermitt and Pollyanna McIntosh and producer Denise Huth were on hand to accept the award.

The AMC series recently aired its season 9 midseason finale in November. The third season of Stranger Things is set to debut on Netflix July 4.

The Global TV Demand Award winners were determined using Parrot Analytics’ global audience demand measurement system, which measures how much a TV series
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César Nominations: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Sisters Brothers’ Rustles Up Nine – List

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César Nominations: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Sisters Brothers’ Rustles Up Nine – List
France’s Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma unveiled its nominations for the César Awards this morning in Paris. The races for the country’s Oscar equivalent are led by Xavier Legrand’s feature debut Jusqu’à La Garde (Custody) and Gilles Lellouche’s Le Grand Bain (Sink Or Swim) with 10 mentions each. They are followed by Jacques Audiard’s English-language western, The Sisters Brothers, and Pierre Salvadori’s En Liberté! (The Trouble With You) with nine a piece. All four are in the Best Picture and Director categories.

There’s a noticeably lighter edge to the nominations this year with Le Grand Bain a sort of Full Monty à la française that sees a group of middle-aged men form a synchronized swimming team. The movie debuted out of competition in Cannes and became the 3rd highest grossing local title of 2018 with over 5M tickets sold.

Also out of Cannes,
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Gina Rodriguez to Star in ‘Bobbie Sue’ Movie With ‘Uncle Drew’ Filmmaker Directing (Exclusive)

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Gina Rodriguez to Star in ‘Bobbie Sue’ Movie With ‘Uncle Drew’ Filmmaker Directing (Exclusive)
Warner Bros. is looking to breathe some new life into its long-in-development “Bobbie Sue” pic, as it has set Gina Rodriguez to star in the title role with Charles Stone III directing.

While the studio viewed the project as a priority since acquiring it in 2008, it was looking for the right actress for the lead, at one point eyeing Cameron Diaz to star before scheduling got in the way. Sources say the studio has already started meeting with other talent to star with Rodriguez with hopes to start filming later this year.

The story follows Sue, who after being raised among five rowdy brothers in blue-collar South Boston, is a scrappy, headstrong young lawyer who lands a career-making case with an upper crust law firm, only to realize she’s been hired for optics and not her expertise. But after discovering her powerful client, a lifelong idol and fellow Southie native,
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Jonas Mekas, Influential Experimental Filmmaker, Dies at 96

Jonas Mekas, Influential Experimental Filmmaker, Dies at 96
Jonas Mekas, the Lithuania-born filmmaker who started Film Culture magazine and the organization that became New York’s Anthology Film Archives, died Wednesday. He was 96.

Anthology Film Archives wrote on Instagram, “He will be greatly missed but his light shines on.”

He made works such as 1962’s "Guns of the Trees" and 1964’s “The Brig,” which won the Venice Film Festival’s Grand Prix. As a cinematographer, he shot avant-garde films including Andy Warhol’s “Empire.”

Mekas was a pioneer of trying new approaches to film as art, and in 2007 released one short film each day of the year on the internet. His other films include “Scene from the Life of Andy Warhol,” “Letter from Greenpoint” and “Out-takes From the Life of a Happy Man.” As late as 2013, the 90-year old was making films like “Reminiszenzen aus Deutschland.”

He worked with artists such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg,
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'The Wizard of Oz' to Return to Theaters for 80th Anniversary

'The Wizard of Oz' to Return to Theaters for 80th Anniversary
The Wizard of Oz is returning to theaters this weekend for a special limited engagement marking the 80th anniversary of the film’s Hollywood premiere. Fathom Events, TCM, and Warner Bros. are re-releasing the beloved family film in select theaters across the country beginning on Sunday, Jan. 27, with additional dates on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and Wednesday Jan. 30.
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Russell Baker Dies: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Columnist & PBS Host Was 93

Russell Baker Dies: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Columnist & PBS Host Was 93
Celebrated author, humorist and The New York Times columnist Russell Baker died Jan. 21 in his home in Leesburg, Va. He was 93.

In addition to his celebrated and much-lauded newspaper columns, Baker hosted PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre beginning in 1993, succeeding Alistair Cooke, and stayed in the spot until 2004, becoming one of public television’s most familiar presences.

According to the New York Times, his son Allen Baker said that he died of complications from fall. Baker was born August 14, 1925 in Morrisonville, Va. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1947. From there, he went on to become a prominent writer. He is best known for his irreverent Times column titled “Observer” which leaned into politics as well as other facets of culture. The column also ran in hundreds of newspapers for 36 years. He received his first Pulitzer Prize for his column in 1979 and then received a second for his best-selling autobiography Growing Up
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Sundance Poised for Dreamers-ice Showdown at Doc Premiere

Sundance Poised for Dreamers-ice Showdown at Doc Premiere
Is Sundance poised for ICE to crash its Park City party?

When the documentary/narrative hybrid The Infiltrators makes its world premiere Jan. 25 at the Library Center Theatre, at least two self-described Dreamers who are featured in the film plan to be on hand and are taunting Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to meet them there.

“I welcome any retaliation by the Trump Administration,” says Mohammad Abdollahi, an undocumented immigrant from Iran. “We've come to understand that the more out there in the open we are, the safer we are. If I were to get detained by immigration,...
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‘Green Book’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Find China Release Dates

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‘Green Book’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Find China Release Dates
Best Picture Oscar nominee Green Book has secured a China release of March 1, a handful of days after the Academy Awards are handed out in Hollywood. Alibaba Pictures, which owns a stake in Amblin Partners, is a financier on the film and will be expected to lean on its popular ticketing platform Tao Piao Piao to support the movie.

Green Book scored five Oscar nominations on Tuesday and should it convert some of those to wins, could see a nice bump in the Middle Kingdom — although it is slotting in during a competitive period and is understood to be the subject of a flat sale rather than going in as a quota title. Recent pics with awards halos that have done well in China include The Revenant, La La Land, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and The Shape Of Water. Moonlight did not release in the Middle Kingdom, but that
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Bryan Singer Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By 4 More Men Who Were Underage At The Time

Bryan Singer Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By 4 More Men Who Were Underage At The Time
Back in October, filmmaker Bryan Singer posted a message on social media claiming that there was going to be a new article published about allegations of sexual misconduct that were false. He claimed the article would be coming from Esquire and that the piece is “reckless” and “irresponsible.” Well, the article just dropped but it didn’t come from Esquire. The Atlantic posted a new report detailing new allegations from 4 more men that claim that Singer abused them when they were underage.

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‘The Daily Show’ Imagines if Weed Was Advertised on TV Like Legal Drugs (Video)

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‘The Daily Show’ Imagines if Weed Was Advertised on TV Like Legal Drugs (Video)
If you want to know what TV commercials might look like if marijuana is ever fully legalized in the U.S., “The Daily Show” put together a pretty damned funny video imagining just that.

The bit was inspired by a medical marijuana company that on Monday said CBS rejected an ad it wanted to air during the Super Bowl. CBS hasn’t commented one way or the other as to whether this is true, but on Wednesday’s episode of “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah said he supports the idea, especially if marijuana ads looked like commercials for any other pharmaceutical product — including the required listing of side effects.

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Cue the fake commercial, which like ads for prescription drugs began by touting the many purported benefits of weed for people suffering from “stress,
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Alibaba Expands Film Investment Plan, Loans $100 Million to Huayi Bros.

Alibaba Pictures Group, the film business arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has struck a strategic co-operation deal with leading film studio Huayi Brothers. The deal terms include a $103 million (RMB700 million) loan to Huayi.

Alibaba Pictures said the agreement was part of its recently announced strategy to be a part of major movies that release in of China’s four yearly holiday periods (Chinese New Year (around January-February), the summer, the National Day holiday period in October and at the end of the year. The so-called Jin Cheng Co-Production Project runs for five years. (‘Jin Cheng’ translates roughly into English as ‘Golden Orange’).

The deal further expands the power and influence of the deep-pocketed Internet platforms over the Chinese film industry. Alibaba and companies owned by Alibaba founder Jack Ma have been significant minority shareholders in Huayi since 2014, and increased their positions again in 2015.

The new deal runs for
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Sundance Parties 2019: Highlights of the Hottest Tickets in a Cool Town

As the 2019 Sundance Film Festival rolls into Park City, Utah, for its 34th iteration from January 24 to February 3, there’s a pitched battle among the 241 filmmakers to win one of the fest’s 12 coveted prizes. That’s the main event, but the fight to snag those elusive invites to the best parties popping up all over town is equally combative, which is why we’ve curated the top tickets/lists here — plus-ones included, of course.

Big-name actors expected to be making the rounds at Sundance this year range from Duane Johnson to Zac Efron, Jake Gyllenhaal and Adam Driver on the male side and Hilary Swank, Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Watts, Rosamund Pike and Viola Davis representing the women, with founder Robert Redford circulating despite his reported retirement from acting.

Also in the shivering mix on Main Street: independent directors, producers, newbie actors, sponsors and the now ever-present “influencers,” armed with hashtags and selfie sticks.
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Review: Better Oblivion Community Center Make Soft Rock For Hard Times

What is it about dashed expectations that breed singer-songwriters? As the Sixties dream cratered, a golden era peaked in Laurel Canyon — think Joni, Jackson, Sweet Baby James — with a tendency towards wistful solipsism. Now, a new one is blooming as the American experiment contemplates its doom. Father John Misty’s cosmic snark, Mitski’s aching character studies, Kurt Vile’s transcendent vagueness — all of them offer strangely comforting proof that hopelessness springs eternal.

Add Los Angeles’ Phoebe Bridgers to that list. Her tenderly spooky 2017 debut, Stranger In The Alps, was
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Netflix Buys Taiwan Black Comedy ‘Dear Ex’

Netflix has added to its roster of Mandarin-language content with the acquisition of rights to Taiwanese dark comedy “Dear Ex.” The award-winning film will play out from Feb. 1.

The story involves a recently bereaved widow and a gay man fighting over a dead man’s inheritance, with the woman’s teenage son caught in the middle. It was directed by Hsu Chih-yen and Mag Hsu from a script by Mag Hsu and Lu Shih-yuan. The cast includes Roy Chiu, Hsieh Ying-xuan, Spark Chen and Joseph Huang.

The picture premiered in April at the Festival of Far East Film in Udine and began its commercial release through Warner Bros. in Taiwan from Nov. 2. Along the way it appeared at the Taipei Busan and Macau festivals. It picked up awards for best actress for Hsieh at the Golden Horse Awards; best feature film, best actor, best actress, and media recommendation at the
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See Matthew McConaughey in Groovy New ‘The Beach Bum’ Trailer

See Matthew McConaughey in Groovy New ‘The Beach Bum’ Trailer
Matthew McConaughey stars as a long-haired, trouble-making, bong-smoking poet named Moondog in The Beach Bum from writer-director Harmony Korine. The comedy is the filmmaker’s first movie since 2012’s Florida-set Spring Breakers.

The Beach Bum “follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his own rules,” according to press notes. In this trailer, we see a trashy beach town stage where McConaughey’s character is waiting to accept some sort of musical award.

“Before I accept whatever award it is they’re giving me today,
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Hear J. Cole Proclaim ‘I’m the Greatest Right Now’ in New Song ‘Middle Child’

Hear J. Cole Proclaim ‘I’m the Greatest Right Now’ in New Song ‘Middle Child’
J. Cole traverses the landscape of his musical world, looking at the past, present and the future, while asserting his own standing within the rap pantheon in his new song “Middle Child.” The track is the first official single J. Cole has released since 2013.

Produced by T-Minus, J. Cole’s loquacious bars glide over the percolating beats and horn melodies. After calling out those who have been “counting me out,” he encourages others that are on the come-up. “I’m glad that you came/I hope that you scrape every dollar you can.
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