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Thomas Mann Joins Disney’s Live-Action ‘Lady and the Tramp’ (Exclusive)

Thomas Mann Joins Disney’s Live-Action ‘Lady and the Tramp’ (Exclusive)
Thomas Mann is set to join Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Lady and the Tramp” in the role of Lady’s human owner, Jim Dear.

Tessa Thompson is on board to play Lady and Justin Theroux will voice the Tramp. Kiersey Clemons is also set to play Mann’s wife, Darling.

The majority of the cast will play CGI characters, similar to Disney’s wildly successful adaptations of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Jungle Book,” though Mann and Clemons’ characters will be live-action roles. “Lady and the Tramp” tells the story of an American Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives with an upper-middle-class family, but is set astray when the family has a baby. Lady ends up meeting a mongrel known as the Tramp on the streets. They embark on a romantic journey and eventually fall in love.

Dear was the human owner who decided to get rid of Lady
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Nicolas Cage Joins Thriller 'Grand Isle'

Nicolas Cage Joins Thriller 'Grand Isle'
Nicolas Cage is to star in a crime thriller about a man framed for murder.

The Oscar-winning actor has been attached to star in 'Grand Isle' and will play a character named Walter, according to sources close to the production.

The story centers on a father who is framed for murder and must prove his innocence through recalling a twisted and dark sequence of events.

It is set to be directed by Stephen S. Campanelli and Iver William Jallah. Campanelli previously directed the Olga Kurylenko thriller 'Momentum' and indie drama 'Indian Horse, but is also known for his camera work on several Clint Eastwood movies, including 'Sully,' 'American Sniper,' and 'Million Dollar Baby.'

Jallah is a newcomer, who is credited alongside Rich Ronat on the script for 'Grand Isle.' The movie is being produced by Jeff Rice Films and Village Studios.

Cage has most recently been seen in genre movies 'Mom and Dad' and 'Mandy' and heard in animated features 'Teen Titans Go! To the Movies' and 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.'

Valparaiso Pictures Launches, Sets ‘After Perfect’ As First Movie Project With Elizabeth Chomko Writing

Valparaiso Pictures Launches, Sets ‘After Perfect’ As First Movie Project With Elizabeth Chomko Writing
Exclusive: Venture capitalist and entrepreneur David Carrico has launched Valparaiso Pictures, a Los Angeles-based film and TV development, production and finance company. It already has its first project in the works in After Perfect, a feature film based on Christina McDowell’s 2016 memoir that is being adapted by Elizabeth Chomko and produced with Matt Reeves' 6th & Idaho Productions and Joshua Thurston. Carrico is co-founder of music and entertainment tech consulting…
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Milo Gibson Inks With Alchemy For Management; Boards Rod Lurie’s ‘The Outpost’

Milo Gibson Inks With Alchemy For Management; Boards Rod Lurie’s ‘The Outpost’
Exclusive: Milo Gibson has signed with Alchemy Entertainment for management and is also joining Millennium Media's Rod Lurie-directed film The Outpost based on CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper’s novel. Adapted by Oscar-nominated The Fighter writing duo Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, The Outpost tells the true story of the 53 U.S. soldiers who battled a force of some 400 enemy insurgents in northeastern Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom…
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Director Boots Riley Questions Spike Lee’s ‘Black KKKlansman’ Politics On Twitter

Sorry To Bother You director Boots Riley has issued a long Twitter critique of Spike Lee’s new Black KKKlansman film, attacking its politics and timing. Warning: The article contains spoilers on Black KKKlansman and Riley’s tweets. While allowing that Lee has been “a huge influence” on his career, Riley took issue with the fictionalization of the story, wherein police are made out to be heroes in the battle against racism. Lee’s film tells the true story of a black…
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Rosamund Pike Declined To Strip For ‘Die Another Day’ Audition, But Got The Part

Actress Rosamund Pike claims she had a #MeToo moment when she was asked to strip to her underwear during an audition for the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day. The actress recounted the incident in an interview with the UK’s The Independent. She said she refused the humiliating request, but ended up anyway with the role of double-crossing spy Miranda Frost opposite Pierce Brosnan. "On the day, I don't know how I got the resolve and strength of mind, but I just…
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Superhero Bits: Alternate Cable Character Design, The Flash and Gotham Episode Titles & More

Superhero Bits: Alternate Cable Character Design, The Flash and Gotham Episode Titles & More
Want to know the first few episode titles for the fifth seasons of The Flash and Gotham? What does Bruce Campbell think some problems are with superhero movies today? Who does Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed want to see lead a female Avengers team-up? Want to see a much goofier character design for […]

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Jeffrey Katzenberg on Oscars’ New Popular Film Category Controversy

Jeffrey Katzenberg on Oscars’ New Popular Film Category Controversy
Jeffrey Katzenberg is keeping a safe distance from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ recent controversial shakeup of the Oscars.

“I’m wishing them well,” the media mogul told Variety on Thursday at the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s NextGen party at Paramount Studios. “I love the Academy. I want it to work out for them.”

He smiled, “I’ll be sitting in the 15th row with my popcorn and soda. It’s above my pay grade.”

In a message to its membership on Aug. 8, Academy president John Bailey and its CEO Dawn Hudson said the Oscar broadcast—starting next year at the 91st Oscars—will now include a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film.

The new category was met with outcry and many unanswered questions. The Academy later issued a statement clarifying that can be nominated for both outstanding achievement in popular film and for
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Daily Podcast: How To Attend Film Festivals, Computer Screen Movies, Jason Bourne, Catwoman

Daily Podcast: How To Attend Film Festivals, Computer Screen Movies, Jason Bourne, Catwoman
On the August 17, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by managing editor Jacob Hall, and writer Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest film and TV news, including an unmade Catwoman movie, a Jason Bourne tv series and are computer screen movies the future of cinema? And in The […]

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Oscars: Cannes Favorite Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s ‘The Wild Pear Tree’ Is Turkey’s Foreign Language Entry

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's The Wild Pear Tree, which premiered this year in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, was selected as Turkey’s submission into this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar race. It marks the fifth film from Ceylan chosen to rep the country, and the first since 2014’s Winter Sleep which won Cannes’ Palme d’Or. Local media reports said 12 films were in the running for the slot and Pear Tree was chosen among film professionals and Culture and Tourism…
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Fall Movie Preview 2018: ‘Venom,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Halloween’

Fall Movie Preview 2018: ‘Venom,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Halloween’
With a Harry Potter follow-up, a Spider-Man spinoff, and a new take on “Mary Poppins” among the bounty of movies opening in theaters, the rest of 2018 has plenty to offer filmgoers.

A Simple Favor

Release Date: Sept. 14

Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding

Why we want to see it: The gossip girl goes gone girl in this suspense drama, with Lively hiding behind her trademark blonde waves as a mysterious femme fatale and Kendrick as her blissfully ignorant best friend — until, of course, Lively’s character goes missing after asking Kendrick’s for a “simple favor.” Oh, and a special shout out to whomever decided to feature the ever-debonair Golding in love scenes with both.

— Christi Carras

“Colette”

Release Date: Sept. 21

Stars: Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Dominic West, Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw

Why we want to see it: Stately period dramas are basically catnip for Knightley, and who doesn
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Anonymous Emmy Ballot: Executive Producer Isn’t a Fan of ‘The Crown,’ But Likes Claire Foy

Anonymous Emmy Ballot: Executive Producer Isn’t a Fan of ‘The Crown,’ But Likes Claire Foy
Pity the Peak TV Emmy voter. The job of choosing the cream of the TV crop used to be so easy. But in an age of hundreds — really, thousands — of TV programs, even the most well-versed viewer hasn’t seen everything. And as we’ve noticed in recent days via these anonymous ballots, sometimes it does come down to talent who have impressed in the past, or who are well-liked in the community. How much does that play a role in who ultimately wins? For one thing, it explains why so many incumbent winners manage to repeat.

IndieWire reached out to creatives across the industry this year to share their own Emmy ballots, anonymously, and explain why they made their choices. Performers, writers, producers, publicists, executives, and craftspeople from across the industry offered up their answers, and IndieWire has been posting some of those ballots this week and next week.
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Hasan Minhaj Tries to Save MoviePass Before Leaving ‘The Daily Show’ for Netflix

Hasan Minhaj Tries to Save MoviePass Before Leaving ‘The Daily Show’ for Netflix
The Daily Show is a career launcher for comedians with such famous alums like Ed Helms, Rob Corddry, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Jessica Williams, Kristen Schaal, Jason Jones, Larry Wilmore, Wyatt Cenac, and even Michael Che coming through the show. Now correspondent Hasan Minhaj is graduating from the news satire program […]

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H.G. Wells’ ‘The Time Machine’ Will Be Turned Into a TV Series By Sky

H.G. Wells’ ‘The Time Machine’ Will Be Turned Into a TV Series By Sky
There’s never a bad time for time-travel, especially the mother of all time-travel stories. H.G. WellsThe Time Machine is receiving another adaptation courtesy of the European network Sky. Sky is currently developing a The Time Machine TV series with plans to air it on the Sky Atlantic channel, and potentially exporting it to premium cable channels like […]

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Scarlett Johansson is the Highest-Paid Actress of 2018

Sound the klaxon: Forbes has crowned its highest-paid actress of 2018. Scarlett Johansson has leap-frogged over La La Land‘s Emma Stone to earn the title, pulling in more money than any of us will probably ever see in our lifetimes and more than any other actress in […]

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‘The Crown’ Season 2 Added Color and the Swinging 60s to the Royal Realm

‘The Crown’ Season 2 Added Color and the Swinging 60s to the Royal Realm
The Emmy-nominated crafts team said goodbye to post-war austerity and introduced more color to Season 2 of “The Crown,” which ushered in the Swinging ’60s. That meant isolating Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) in Buckingham Palace as she struggles to become relevant, and liberating her younger sister, Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby), who hooks up with bohemian photographer Tony Armstrong-Jones (Matthew Goode).

“Slowly the two sisters are diverging and we were able to contrast Elizabeth in the palace and Margaret moving out and meeting Tony for the first time,” said production designer Martin Childs (nominated for “Beryl”). “Suddenly, we’re able to introduce color quite a bit. It was liberating. I was able to run more variation of color of stone, and actually introduce some red and modern, boxed shaped cars.

“People started wearing color and that gave us license to do the interiors in color. But at the same time, because Margaret
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‘Disenchantment’ Review: Matt Groening’s Netflix Debut Starts Rough, But Makes a Surprising About-Face — Spoilers

‘Disenchantment’ Review: Matt Groening’s Netflix Debut Starts Rough, But Makes a Surprising About-Face — Spoilers
Matt Groening’s legacy is ensured by “The Simpsons” alone, and — for better and worse — his trifecta of animated creations can be defined by their relation to the landmark Fox comedy. “The Simpsons” is set in the ever-developing present day; the years pass by in line with the real world yet Maggie is still a toddler despite being old enough to rent a car. “Futurama” launched into the wild world of 2999 with witty asides exploring how the future could be defined by — or at least joked about — based on the events of today.

So it’s a bit strange, and regrettably indicative of the choppy quality, that Groening’s first foray into storytelling’s future is set in the past. “Disenchantment,” the new medieval fantasy series on Netflix, is familiar for many reasons, but whether it’s your first Groening series or one of many, the jokes are stale, their set-ups are mundane,
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Hollywood Turns Upside Down as Pending Landmark Theatres Sale Could Be the Tip of Upcoming Exhibition Changes

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A number of speculative deals are floating in the Hollywood ether, as the industry moves away from studio dominance and toward Silicon Valley. Caught in that maw is Twentieth Century Fox’s sale to Disney and At&T’s merger with Warner Bros. But eyes are also on the fate of the indie Landmark Theatres chain, which owner Mark Cuban has been eager to sell since April. Netflix has denied interest in buying the rock-and-mortar exhibitor, which makes sense, as theater distribution is not the streamer’s business model.

On the other hand, now Amazon has been named as a potential buyer. The online retail giant has among its assets Amazon Studios, which (unlike Netflix) brands its productions with robust theatrical releases before streaming them via Amazon Prime. Among the successful Amazon releases that played well at Landmark locations are Oscar players “Manchester By the Sea” and “The Big Sick.” And
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‘Venom’ and That Big Tongue of His Are Going to Lap Up Boffo Box Office

‘Venom’ and That Big Tongue of His Are Going to Lap Up Boffo Box Office
Reaction to Venom has been a bit muted, but the Spider-Man spin-off is on track to strike box office gold. Early Venom box office projections indicate the anti-superhero film might just break some box office records when it hits theaters in October. Will Venom and his tongue lick the competition, or will the film drift into obscurity like a […]

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Blumhouse Would Love to Raise the Dark Universe from the Grave

Universal’s Dark Universe tripped over its own feet right out of the gate, and the general assumption is that the planned horror cinematic universe is dead and buried. But should the Dark Universe crawl its way out of the grave, Blumhouse would like to take the reigns. During a Q&A session, Blumhouse head honcho Jason […]

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