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Jack Nicholson Drops Out Of ‘Toni Erdmann’ As American Remake Sees Behind-The-Scenes Changes

Jack Nicholson Drops Out Of ‘Toni Erdmann’ As American Remake Sees Behind-The-Scenes Changes
Changes are afoot on the upcoming production of the highly-anticipated American remake of “Toni Erdmann.” The film, which was set to star Kristen Wiig and Jack Nicholson, as the father-daughter duo at the center of the story, is in the middle of some big changes as the film moves forward towards production, according to The Wrap.

First, and probably foremost in the minds of film fans, Jack Nicholson has left the production for an unknown reason.

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Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston Movie ‘The Upside’ Lands at STX After Weinstein Co. Bankruptcy

Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston Movie ‘The Upside’ Lands at STX After Weinstein Co. Bankruptcy
STXfilms has acquired The Upside, the Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston-led remake of the French hit The Intouchables that found itself in limbo after The Weinstein Co. declared bankruptcy in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein accusations.

Directed by Neil Burger (Divergent), The Upside is a heartfelt comedy about a recently paroled ex-convict (Hart) who strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire (Cranston). Oscar winner Nicole Kidman co-stars alongside Emmy winner Julianna Margulies and Aja Naomi King (Birth of a Nation).
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Tyler Hoechlin Joins Alexandra Daddario in ‘Can You Keep A Secret?’

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Tyler Hoechlin Joins Alexandra Daddario in ‘Can You Keep A Secret?’
Exclusive: Tyler Hoechlin is boarding Can You Keep a Secret?, BCDF Pictures’ romantic comedy that stars and is executive produced by San Andreas star Alexandra Daddario.

Can You Keep a Secret? is based on Sophie Kinsella’s four-million-copy New York Times bestseller and centers around Emma Corrigan (Daddario) who spills her secrets to a handsome stranger sitting next to her on a turbulent plane ride. That guy happens to be Jack Harper, who Hoechlin will play, the young and elusive CEO at Emma’s workplace. And Jack knows every single humiliating detail about Emma…

Hoechlin was recently seen as the co-lead of The Domestics for MGM and will next be seen playing Joe Weider, a co-pioneer of American fitness who discovered Arnold Schwarzenegger, in George Gallo’s Bigger. Hoechlin’s previous credits also include Fifty Shades Freed, Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some and MTV’s hit series Teen Wolf.
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Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron Comedy ‘Flarsky’ Moving to Summer (Exclusive)

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Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron Comedy ‘Flarsky’ Moving to Summer (Exclusive)
Thanks to strong test screenings, Lionsgate is moving its Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy “Flarsky” to back four months to the summer season. It will now premiere on June 7, 2019.

Studio executives are feeling bullish about the film after recent audience test screenings gave it scores above 95% — indicating that “Flarsky” can perform as a major summer comedy. “Ocean’s 8” launched on the same weekend this year with $41.7 million and is on its way to a solid $138 million domestically.

Flarsky” had been set to open Feb. 8. Rogen stars as Fred Flarsky, a down on his luck journalist, who through a string of comedic circumstances catches the attention of the world’s most powerful woman, Charlotte Field, (Theron). Much to the chagrin of her handlers, he becomes an important part of her inner circle in her globe-trotting journey to become the first female president of the United States.

Test audiences are comparing
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Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Pocket $5.3 Million on Wednesday

Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Pocket $5.3 Million on Wednesday
Crazy Rich Asians” is on track for a dazzling debut.

Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated romantic comedy is expected to generate $5.3 million on Wednesday, according to early estimates. If projections hold, “Crazy Rich Asians” is heading for a weekend total of $19 million and a five-day tally of $27.5 million-plus. Some tracking predicts the movie, which carries a $30 million price tag, could top $30 million over the five-day period.

That should easily be enough to top the domestic box office over fellow weekend openers, Mark Wahlberg’s “Mile 22” and Sony Pictures Releasing-Studio 8’s “Alpha.”

Jon M. Chu directed the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 bestselling book of the same name. It stars Constance Wu as an NYU professor who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend (Henry Golding) for his best friend’s wedding. While overseas, she meets his parents and finds out his family is, you know, crazy rich. Gemma Chan,
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Neill Blomkamp Hints That Actor Peter Weller Could Return In His Upcoming ‘RoboCop’ Film

Neill Blomkamp Hints That Actor Peter Weller Could Return In His Upcoming ‘RoboCop’ Film
There are two words that will make any “RoboCop” fan, like me, suddenly have faith in the upcoming Neill Blomkamp reboot/sequel — Peter Weller.

For those not familiar with one of the greatest films of all time (you read that right), “RoboCop” stars actor Peter Weller as the titular character, aka Alex Murphy. And if you consider every remake, spin-off, and sequel to the original Paul Verhoeven classic, the quality of the film is equal to the amount of Peter Weller on display.

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Melanie Laurent Joins Michael Bay’s ‘6 Underground’ for Netflix

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Melanie Laurent Joins Michael Bay’s ‘6 Underground’ for Netflix
French actress Melanie Laurent has joined the cast of Michael Bay’s “6 Underground” for Netflix and Skydance Media, the streaming giant announced Wednesday. U.S.-born Iranian actor Payman Maadi has also joined the production, which will start shooting later this month.

An actor and director in her native France, Laurent is best known to international audiences for her breakout lead role as the vengeance-seeking Shosanna in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 film “Inglourious Basterds.” Other English-language roles have included Mike Mills’ “Beginners” and Denis Villenueve’s “Enemy.” Laurent most recently co-starred opposite Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin in French period comedy “Return of the Hero.” She’ll next be seen in Chris Weitz’s English-language true-story drama “Operation Finale,” which stars Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley.

Maadi, who starred in Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning Iranian drama “A Separation,” previously worked with Bay on the 2016 film “13 Hours.”

6 Underground” stars Ryan Reynolds,
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‘Aladdin’: Justin Paul and Benj Pasek Reveal Details of New Songs for Live-Action Reboot (Exclusive)

‘Aladdin’: Justin Paul and Benj Pasek Reveal Details of New Songs for Live-Action Reboot (Exclusive)
If an Oscar, Tony and Grammy weren’t enough for Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, they can now say they’ve collaborated with musical legend Alan Menken.

It was announced in July 2017 that the “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman” duo would be working with Menken on new songs for director Guy Ritchie’s upcoming live-action retelling of 1992’s “Aladdin,” starring Mena Massoud in the lead role, Will Smith as Genie and Naomi Scott as Jasmine.

Pasek and Paul have finally revealed some new details about their songs for Aladdin.

“We got to write a new song for Jasmine,” Paul tells Variety. “Alan wrote a beautiful piece of music and [Scott] is incredible.”

They also wrote a duet for Aladdin and Jasmine. “It’s a sweet song,” Paul said.

They even got to write a new verse for the original film’s “Arabian Nights.” “Aladdin” is set for release on
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Is 'Crazy Rich Asians' Looking at a Crazy Rich Opening Weekend?

Is 'Crazy Rich Asians' Looking at a Crazy Rich Opening Weekend?
This weekend gets off to an early start with the Wednesday release of the much-anticipated romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, the first Asian-led studio film to hit theaters since The Joy Luck Club. While Joy Luck Club didn't play in any more than 600 theaters during its run 25 years ago, Crazy Rich Asians will get its start in over 3,200 locations with plenty of buzz behind it.

Later in the week, STX will release what they hope is a franchise-starter in Mile 22 featuring Mark Wahlberg re-teaming with director Peter Berg, while Sony's Studio 8 will release Alpha.

Beginning with Crazy Rich Asians, the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's novel of the same name has been making headlines for some time now. Originally published in 2013, the book has found a place on Amazon Charts for the past five weeks, currently ranking as the third most sold fiction title on the site, up
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Morgana King, The Godfather Star and Jazz Singer, Dies At 87

Morgana King, The Godfather Star and Jazz Singer, Dies At 87
Morgana King, who is best known for her role as Marlon Brando’s wife in The Godfather, has died.

News of King’s passing broke Tuesday but the actress died on March 22 in Palm Springs, California, at the age of 87 according to the Washington Post.

The star had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer, the Riverside Country coroner’s office told the Washington Post.

In addition to her appearances in the famed film and a number of other movies, King was a jazz singer.

She performed in a variety of nightclubs for over 50 years and recorded a little over
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Elizabeth Banks To Star In Film About The True Story Of A Woman Who Won A Date With Prince

Elizabeth Banks To Star In Film About The True Story Of A Woman Who Won A Date With Prince
A film about a woman in a small cowboy town that wins a date with one of the biggest rock stars in the world sounds like a seriously contrived work of fiction, right? Well, not only is it true, it happened in 1986 with a woman who won an MTV contest to go out on a date with Prince. Not “a prince,” but actual, purple-clad, guitar-toting rock star Prince. And according to Deadline, Elizabeth Banks has signed on to bring this incredible true story to the big screen.

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‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Is Casting an Artificial Intelligent Robot to Lead New Movie

‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Is Casting an Artificial Intelligent Robot to Lead New Movie
Tony Kaye is making a dramatic casting move for his upcoming feature “2nd Born.” According to Deadline, the “American History X” filmmaker is using an artificial intelligence robot to play one of the lead roles in his new movie. The idea to cast a real robot came from Kaye and producer Sam Khoze. The filmmaker does not want to cast a human actor in makeup or have to rely on computer-generated effects.

According to Deadline, the robot will be trained in different acting methods and techniques prior to filming. Kaye and Khoze are hoping to get the robot SAG recognition.

“2nd Born” is the sequel to Ali Atshani’s “1st Born,” an indie film starring Val Kilmer, Tom Berenger, Greg Grunberg, William Baldwin, and Denise Richards. The original film is being released this year by Lotus Entertainment and centers on a married couple whose first pregnancy forces their families to find common ground.
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‘Mid90s’ Actress Alexa Demie Joins Lucas Hedges, Sterling K. Brown in A24’s ‘Waves’ (Exclusive)

‘Mid90s’ Actress Alexa Demie Joins Lucas Hedges, Sterling K. Brown in A24’s ‘Waves’ (Exclusive)
Alexa Demie, who is starring in A24’s coming of age drama “Mid90s,” has already set her next project with the indie studio.

The actress is joining Lucas Hedges and Sterling K. Brown in A24’s “Waves,” sources tell Variety. The cast also includes Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Taylor Russell.

Waves” will be Trey Edward Shults’ follow-up to “It Comes at Night.” Shults is writing and directing the film, which will shoot in Florida.

Described as a dramatic musical with a fresh spin, the movie is an energetic, affecting anthem of contemporary teenage life. It follows two young couples as they navigate the emotional minefield of growing up and falling in love. Details behind Demie’s character are currently unknown.

Waves” will be almost entirely synchronized to music, mixing some iconic contemporary songs alongside an original score. The pic marks the third collaboration between Shults and A24, who previously
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Michael Caine May Have Revealed The True Answer Behind Inception's Ending

Michael Caine May Have Revealed The True Answer Behind Inception's Ending
If you're still wondering whether or not the scene at the end of Inception was reality or a dream, Michael Caine might have an answer for you. The actor revealed even he was confused when he first received the script for the film, and didn't know which parts of the film took place in reality and which ones took place in a dream. Caine recently revealed at a London screening for the film (via Syfy Wire) that Christopher Nolan helped him understand things more easily, and told him the scenes he was in were real:

"When I got the script of Inception, I was a bit puzzled by it, and I said to him, 'I don't understand where the dream is. I said, 'When is it the dream and when is it reality?' He said, 'Well, when you're in the scene it's reality.' So, get that -- if I'm in it,
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Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne Reunite in First Look at Amazon's 'The Aeronauts'

Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne Reunite in First Look at Amazon's 'The Aeronauts'
'Fantastic Beasts' actor Eddie Redmayne and 'Rogue One' star Felicity Jones take to the sky in the first photo from Amazon Studios' 'The Aeronauts.'

The movie reunites the duo following their collaboration on 'The Theory of Everything,' for which Jones received an Oscar nomination and Redmayne won the Academy Award for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking.

The image has been released to mark the start of filming across the UK and in London on 'The Aeronauts.'

Set in 1862, the story follows wealthy young widow Amelia Wren (Jones) and ambitious scientist James Glaisher (Redmayne) as they mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history but wrestle with the fact that the chances of survival are slim.

The movie is directed by Tom Harper ("War & Peace," "Peaky Blinders") and is written by BAFTA winner Jack Thorne ("Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," 'Wonder').

Producer Todd Lieberman said the first image captures Redmayne and Jones 2,000 feet in the air. "A top priority for us on 'The Aeronauts' is authenticity. With that in mind, we intend to do as much balloon filming in the sky as the weather will allow. This image was taken after we launched Felicity and Eddie 2,000 feet in the air, performing their scripted scene, while a helicopter captured it all. We’re fortunate that Felicity and Eddie have the nerve to do these stunts themselves as it authenticates our entire approach."

The cast also includes Tom Courtenay, Anne Reid, Rebecca Front, Vincent Perez, Tim McInnery, Phoebe Fox, and Himesh Patel.

A release date has yet to be announced.

The Meg jumps the shark: an action film that delivers a message

Sure, Jason Statham gets to battle a man-eating monster – but his movie also packs warnings about ecological destruction

When the trailer for Jon Turteltaub’s The Meg first dropped, it was met with excitement from those wanting a blockbuster B-movie with Jason Statham punching sharks in the face. Now that The Meg is out, we can see that there’s more: its message about the environment and what we are doing to the world’s shark population.

In The Meg, scientists discover an unexplored world deep beneath the Mariana Trench, hidden by a thermal layer. Once the scientists go down, they increase the temperature of the icy layer, which allows a prehistoric megalodon to escape. Once out, the Meg appears to destroy a couple of fishing boats and a school of sharks.The film wants the audience to think the megalodon did it – an easy answer, right? Marine biologist Minway
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The Guardians review – women left behind reap a bitter harvest

In Xavier Beauvois’ fierce, compassionate drama, the first world war casts a terrible shadow over a farming community

The gender divide of this movie, and its whole point, are clearer in the original French title: Les Gardiennes, the female guardians, the women who worked the land in France during the first world war. This richly compassionate, fiercely acted and beautifully shot period drama is about the second conflict, the battle of wills on the home front, as these women struggle to maintain a family farm in the Deux-Sèvres region of western France.

A way of life with its Hardyesque seasonal rhythms of sowing and reaping is minutely, sumptuously depicted. But all the time in the background – in the letters home, in the muttered hints of the grim-faced men on leave and their shellshocked dreams – is the horror of war. Those seasonal rhythms come to include regular visits from officials with telegrams.
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James Gunn Won’t Be Hired Back to Direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

James Gunn Won’t Be Hired Back to Direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’
After weeks of anticipation, an open letter from the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy, hundreds of thousands of vocal fans and fellow celebrities expressing support, and rumblings that James Gunn might be hired back by Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, all hopes for the director’s […]

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Wong Kar-wai Hires Virginia Leung for Film Sales Role

Wong Kar-wai’s Block 2 Distribution has appointed Virginia Leung, a veteran of the Hong Kong movie business, for as its head of international sales.

The company has recently taken a sales role on Pema Tseden’s “Jinpa,” which has its world premiere in the Horizonte section at the Venice festival. That will be followed by a North American launch in Toronto.

The company is also handling international rights to the Jingle Ma-directed mainstream action film “Euro Raiders.” The film stars Tony Leung Chiu-wai who for decades was represented by Wong’s Jettone company. The film releases this week in China.

For the past nine years Leung had been head of sales at Distribution Workshop, She left earlier this year when the firm relocated from Hong Kong to Taiwan. In her new role, Leung will remain based in Hong Kong.

Prior to that, Leung began her sales career with Media Asia
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‘The Sinner’ Boss Explains What the Hell Carrie Coon Is Doing With That Giant Rock

‘The Sinner’ Boss Explains What the Hell Carrie Coon Is Doing With That Giant Rock
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Sinner” Season 2, Episode 3, “Part III.”]

The Sinner” has been known to feature any number of disturbing scenes, but Wednesday’s episode also included a sequence that was more baffling than anything else.

In the scene, Emmy nominee Carrie Coon cycles through a series of emotions with only a giant rock as her scene partner. As Vera Walker, a concerned mother whose son has been accused of murder, she turns to a means of solace that others in her commune, Mosswood Grove, use. She appears to be doing what looks to be yoga at first, alternating cat-cow pose with breath work, but then she also begins to cry and wail. When she’s done, she walks over to the towering rock and then puts her hands on it.

IndieWire turned to showrunner Derek Simonds for answers to this mysterious behavior.

“It’s some kind of exercise,” he confirmed. “We don
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