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Pixar’s ‘Onward’ To Star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Octavia Spencer

Pixar’s ‘Onward’ To Star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Octavia Spencer
Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer have been set to lead the voice cast of Onward, the next film in the works at Pixar Animation Studios. Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) is directing the pic, which is set to hit theaters on March 6, 2020.

Disney said today in announcing the film that it is set in a suburban fantasy world and centers on two teenage elf brothers who embark on a quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.

“At Pixar we try to create stories that come from some kind of personal truth,” Scanlon said. “This film was inspired by my own relationship with my brother.”

Scanlon first tipped the film at Disney’s D23 convention last year under the working title Suburban Fantasy World. He said the plot is inspired by the story of his childhood and how his father died when
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‘Star Wars': Mark Hamill Isn’t Even Allowed to Keep a Paper ‘Episode IX’ Script

‘Star Wars': Mark Hamill Isn’t Even Allowed to Keep a Paper ‘Episode IX’ Script
The security measures for the next “Star Wars” movie are tighter and thornier than a Sarlacc pit. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mark Hamill compared obtaining pages for the as of yet untitled “Episode IX” like being in the CIA.

Hamill said that while measures to make sure nothing leaks about the new “Star Wars” films have always been tight, they’ve been strengthened even more for this film, so much so that he isn’t allowed to hang on to a paper script of the movie.

“They’re going to fly [the rewrites] over with somebody from the company,” Hamill told EW. “They’re going to come and give it to me and wait for me to read it before I give it back. So no pressure! You can’t even keep it overnight. But that’s the way it is now.”
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'A Star Is Born,' "Mrs. Maisel," "Ozark" Lead SAG Nominations

'A Star Is Born,'
A Star Is Born” led the way with four SAG feature film nominations while “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Ozark” each scored a quartet of TV nominations.

BlacKkKlansman” and “The Favourite” each took a trio of film nominations. “Barry,” “Glow,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Kominsky Method” all scored three TV nods.

Nominees for the feature film ensemble cast trophy were “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Lady Gaga scored an actress nomination for “A Star is Born” along with Glenn Close for “The Wife,” Olivia Colman for “The Favourite,” Melissa McCarthy for “Can You ever Forgive Me?” and Emily Blunt for “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Bradley Cooper, who also directed “A Star Is Born” nabbed a best actor nod along with Christian Bale for “Vice,” Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Viggo Mortensen for “Green Book” and John David Washington for “BlacKkKlansman.”

Washington
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‘Doctor Strange’ Director Scott Derrickson to Return for Sequel

‘Doctor Strange’ Director Scott Derrickson to Return for Sequel
Doctor Strange” director Scott Derrickson has signed up for Disney-Marvel’s sequel.

The studio, which had no comment, is about to start searching for a writer. Derrickson co-wrote the 2016 original with C. Robert Cargill and Jon Spaihts.

Benedict Cumberbatch is expected to reprise his role as Stephen Strange, along with co-stars Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams. “Doctor Strange” centered on Cumberbatch’s surgeon character deciding to practice mystic arts after a career-ending car accident left his hands injured. Instead, he began learning about the astral plane, the hidden world of magic, and other dimensions.

The movie was a solid performer at the box office, grossing $677 million worldwide. “Doctor Strange” also starred Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton.

Disney and Marvel have not yet dated the “Doctor Strange” sequel. Doctor Strange was created by artist Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee. The
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‘Metro 2033’ Film Project Halted Because ‘A Lot of Things Didn’t Work’

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‘Metro 2033’ Film Project Halted Because ‘A Lot of Things Didn’t Work’
It appears that MGM’s film adaptation of “Metro 2033” is no longer happening because “a lot of things didn’t work,” according to VG24/7.

“Metro 2033″ is a novel by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was also adapted into a series of successful survival horror shooters from video game publisher Thq and developer 4A Games in 2010. The book and games are set in a post-apocalyptic version of Moscow where humanity lives in the tunnels of the old metro after a nuclear blast.

The movie was supposed to follow the events of the book, but MGM reportedly tried to Americanize it by setting it in Washington D.C. That idea apparently didn’t work, and the film’s rights have reverted to Glukhovsky, the author told VG24/7 in a recent interview.

“A lot of things didn’t work out in Washington D.C.,” he said. “In Washington D.C., Nazis don’t work,
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‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ Added to National Film Registry

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‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ Added to National Film Registry
Brokeback Mountain,” “Jurassic Park,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Shining,” “Hud” and “Monterey Pop” are among the best known titles among this year’s additions to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

A place on the list — always made up of 25 films — guarantees the film will be preserved under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act. The criteria for selection is that the movies are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.

“The National Film Registry turns 30 this year and for those three decades, we have been recognizing, celebrating and preserving this distinctive medium,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams.”

The 2018 selections bring the total number of films in the registry to 750. Hayden will discuss the 25 new films with Leonard Maltin on Turner Classic Movies at 8 p.m. E.T. Wednesday.

The new titles
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Iffam: Shekhar Kapur Plans New ‘Elisabeth’ Film (Exclusive)

Iffam: Shekhar Kapur Plans New ‘Elisabeth’ Film (Exclusive)
Shekhar Kapur, best known outside India for “Elizabeth,” his 1998 biopic about the 16th Century British queen, is readying a new “Elisabeth” film. Based on a musical about one of the most famous members of the Austrian royal family, the film is to be shot in German.

Together with Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay, Kapur is developing “Elisabeth.” This one is based on the life and death of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I, and better known as Sissi. Kunze and Levay’s “Elisabeth” is a stage musical based on the Empress’ life that has been watched by more than 10 million people and which rates as the most successful German musical of all time. There have been 12 language adaptations of the stage show, with the most popular Asian adaptations being in Korean and Japanese. Kapur will direct the film adaptation of the musical in German.

“Sissi,
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‘Zama’ Director Lucrecia Martel Talks Being Approached For Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Widow’ Film

Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel is probably not the first name you’d think of when deciding which directors should take a stab at a Marvel Studios film. Though her feature films are often critically-acclaimed, with her latest, “Zama” earning quite a bit of love upon its debut in 2017, Martel isn’t your prototypical up-and-coming director that Marvel snatches up and puts in charge of a $200 million blockbuster.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley Reveals New Travel-Themed Shop Globus Mundi

If you’ve been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort, then you’re well aware that the theme park attraction is chock full of amazing Potter-themed shops and stores. Well add one more to your list, as Universal Orlando has revealed the opening of a brand new shop in Diagon Alley called Globus Mundi. This new store is ostensibly a travel agency, and so the goods you can purchase therein are all travel-related. Inside you’ll find exclusive luggage tags, wallets, sweatshirts, coffee mugs, and much more to make your travel …
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Ryan Coogler on How ‘Black Panther’ Broke Barriers Below-the-Line, Too

Ryan Coogler on How ‘Black Panther’ Broke Barriers Below-the-Line, Too
With more than $1.3 billion at the global box office, “Black Panther” was one of the year’s biggest hits. Though some people expected just another superhero film, the project turned out to be much deeper and more complex than that. Many called it a social turning point because it was the first blockbuster with a mostly black cast. And below the line, the film’s three top department heads were women. Director and co-scripter Ryan Coogler talked about his team and the challenges members faced in preparing the critically acclaimed movie.

Hannah Beachler, Production Designer

“She came to the initial meeting and blew everybody away. She was so detailed in her research, bringing in photos and other images. She wanted to make Wakanda [the film’s fictional location in Africa] a living, breathing place. She has a great eye and works well with visual effects. The set for the coronation-challenge sequence was overwhelming. Everything you saw was built,
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Trailer Watch: Jobe’z World

Following its world premiere at last month’s IndieMemphis, Factory25 has released the first trailer for Jobe’z World, Michael M. Bilandic’s follow-up to his 2013’s art world satire Hellaware. This film looks to borrow from the After Hours formula of a New York City night gone wrong, as roller-blading, drug dealing Jobe (Jason Grisell) bares witness to the death of a celebrity client (Theodore Boulokos). Featuring a robust ensemble and cinematography by Sean Price Williams, Jobe’z World is set for release on January 11.
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Chris Pratt, Tom Holland & More To Star In New Pixar Film ‘Onward’ Arriving In 2020

A new Pixar film is still a special thing. Even almost 25 years after the original “Toy Story” graced theaters and put the young studio on the map, film fans are still eagerly awaiting any news about what Pixar has coming up next. And while we know that next year’s “Toy Story 4” is sure to be a monster hit for the studio, Disney has gone ahead and formally announced 2020’s Pixar film, “Onward.”

In a tweet from Disney, the studio announced that Pixar has signed an all-star cast to voice characters in the upcoming film “Onward,” which will hit theaters on March 6, 2020.

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Unlike ‘The Last Jedi,’ Mark Hamill Isn’t Allowed to Keep ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Script Overnight

Unlike ‘The Last Jedi,’ Mark Hamill Isn’t Allowed to Keep ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Script Overnight
Mark Hamill is a legendary figure in the “Star Wars” universe, but not even the man behind Luke Skywalker is allowed to keep the script for the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode IX” in his possession for longer than a day. The actor recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly and revealed to no one’s surprise that security is in overdrive to protect the script and preserve spoilers for the final entry in the new “Star Wars” trilogy.

“They’re going to fly [the rewrites] over with somebody from the company,” Hamill said. “They’re going to come and give it to me and wait for me to read it before I give it back. So no pressure! You can’t even keep it overnight. But that’s the way it is now.”

Hamill has already shot a little bit of his “Episode IX” role, but he has more shooting days planned in the near future.
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The Biggest Box Office Hits and Flops of 2018

The Biggest Box Office Hits and Flops of 2018
It was the revival nobody saw coming. After a dismal 2017, in which the North American box office tumbled to a three-year low, moviegoing rebounded in a big way. And it wasn’t just superhero tentpoles and animated adventures raking in the green. With all due respect to “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” the reason grosses are inching toward last year’s internationally fueled $40 billion global record is that breakouts such as “Crazy Rich Asians” and “A Quiet Place” provided an unexpected lift. That’s not to say studios got off scot-free. In between the blockbusters were a number of embarrassing money-losing bombs.

When evaluating a film’s profitability, grosses alone don’t tell the whole story. For instance, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” took in $392 million worldwide. That looks lucrative on paper, but after factoring in a production budget of nearly $300 million and marketing costs upwards of $150 million,
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The 10 Best Movie Trailers of 2018, Ranked — Watch

The 10 Best Movie Trailers of 2018, Ranked — Watch
What makes a great movie trailer? In 2018, the movies got their marketing groove back with previews that relied less on plot and more on selling the atmosphere and energy of a particular film. The year’s greatest movie trailers were the ones that after you watched a film you could revisit just to experience the same rush of excitement, horror, tragedy, or joy.

Below are the 10 best movie trailers of 2018, ranked.

10. “Vice

Annapurna came out swinging with its official trailer for Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice.” The trailer benefited from featuring the first footage of Christian Bale’s eye-popping physical transformation, but it gained its strength in its rip-roaring ruthlessness. Framed around a conversation between a scheming Cheney and a dimwitted George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell), the trailer sells “Vice” as another energized spin on a traditional genre, carved straight out of the polarizing style of “The Big Short.
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New Blu-ray Releases: ‘The Nun’, ‘A Simple Favor’, ‘The Equalizer 2’, ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Next Generation’, ‘Maniac’

New Blu-ray Releases: ‘The Nun’, ‘A Simple Favor’, ‘The Equalizer 2’, ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Next Generation’, ‘Maniac’
(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.) The year is winding down, the holidays are here, and you’re in need of stocking stuffers. Here, buy every single one […]

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Golden Globes: Amy Adams, Regina King Lead List of Crossover Nominees

Golden Globes: Amy Adams, Regina King Lead List of Crossover Nominees
In the age of peak TV, actors, writers, directors and producers, and subsequently their managers and agents, are open for business in any medium, and that new attitude shows in awards nominations, especially when it comes to the Golden Globe acting fields.

Amy Adams and Regina King scored nominations in both film and TV categories for the 2019 awards, while many actors who normally work in film are now being feted for their TV roles.

The Golden Globes voters are proving to be platform-agnostic now, a relatively new trend that seems to have begun in earnest in 2014 when small-screen stars such as Idris Elba, who had earned plaudits from the Globes for Brit series “Luther,” easily jumped into the big-screen awards mix with “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” From there, Steve Carell (known and perennially Globe-nominated for his work on NBC’s “The Office”) cracked the golden ceiling and grabbed a
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‘Captive State’ Trailer: John Goodman Fights Off an Alien Invasion

‘Captive State’ Trailer: John Goodman Fights Off an Alien Invasion
When the end of the world comes, who would you rather have protecting you more than John Goodman? Goodman may be our most versatile actor working today; in the last two years he has revisited his sitcom roots (“Roseanne”), brought gravitas to a stylish indie spy thriller (“Atomic Blonde”), and anchored a blockbuster hit with critical support (“Kong: Skull Island”). For his next trick, he will combine those skills to good use in Focus Features’ spring sci-fi offering, staving off an alien invasion in “Captive State,” which just released its first official trailer.

Though much is still unknown about the movie’s particulars, the official synopsis reads: “Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, ‘Captive State’ explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents.”

Goodman plays a government official tasked with uniting the world against a common extra-terrestrial enemy.
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2019 Predictions: What’s in Store for Film, TV and Music Next Year?

2019 Predictions: What’s in Store for Film, TV and Music Next Year?
It would be hard to top the drama of 2018. From media mega-mergers to the rise of Time’s Up, it was a year that had more than its fair share of twists and turns. Leslie Moonves resigned in disgrace, At&T snapped up Time Warner, Disney inched closer to subsuming Fox and “Black Panther” shattered box office records and became a rallying cry for inclusion. Given all that change, 2019 has some big shoes to fill. Our newsroom of Nostradamuses thinks the next 12 months will more than meet the challenge. Here are 10 stories we could be busy chasing just as soon as the new year dawns.

Apple Shells Out for Sony Pictures

The Silicon Valley giant will finally recognize it could use some Hollywood expertise as it tries to catch up with Netflix’s and Amazon’s streaming services. Buying Sony gives Apple access to a library that includes “Men in Black,
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Christophe Honore’s ‘Sorry Angel’ Wins France’s Louis Delluc Prize

Christophe Honore’s ‘Sorry Angel’ Wins France’s Louis Delluc Prize
Christophe Honoré’s drama “Sorry Angel,” which world premiered in competition at Cannes Film Festival, won France’s prestigious Louis Delluc Prize.

Kicking off France’s award season, the Louis Delluc prize is chosen by French critics and has been described as the film equivalent to the Goncourt prize for literature.

Sorry Angel” stars French actors Pierre Deladonchamps as a 30-something jaded, HIV-positive novelist who comes across an enthusiastic aspiring writer, Arthur (Vincent Lacoste) in his early 20s. “Sorry Angel” marks the director’s comeback to Cannes’s competition 11 years after “Love Songs.”

The film beat out Jacques Audiard’s “The Sisters Brothers,” Emmanuel Mouret’s “Mademoiselle de Joncquières,” Gilles Lellouche’s “Le Grand Bain,” Claire Denis’s “High Life,” Pierre Salvadori’s “En liberté!,” Cedric Kahn’s “La Prière,” Jean-Paul Civeyrac’s “Mes provinciales,” and Emmanuel Finkiel’s “Memoir of War” which represents France is the foreign-language Oscar race.
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