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Ethan Hawke, Charlie Sexton Launch New Record Label with 'Blaze' Star

Ethan Hawke, Charlie Sexton Launch New Record Label with 'Blaze' Star
Filmmaker and actor Ethan Hawke, musician-actor Charlie Sexton and Louis Black, co-founder of the Austin Chronicle and South by Southwest festival, have announced the launch of SexHawkeBlack, a label based in Austin and an imprint of the Nashville-based music company Dualtone.

As their first artist, the founders have signed actor and musician Ben Dickey, who portrayed singer Blaze Foley in Blaze, the critically acclaimed, Hawke-directed biopic released earlier this year. Black served as an executive producer on the film and Sexton appeared as another Texas music legend, Townes Van Zandt.
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David Tennant Joins Emily Watson in Psychological Thriller ‘Quicksand’

David Tennant Joins Emily Watson in Psychological Thriller ‘Quicksand’
David Tennant is joining Emily Watson in the psychological thriller Quicksand.

The film, due to shoot in April on the Greek island of Crete, re-teams the British actors, who starred as a couple in 2013’s "The Politician’s Husband," a three-episode British miniseries.

Quicksand follows a British couple living out their dream in the Mediterranean. But their paradise comes to an abrupt end when their visiting son is tragically murdered by a local youth. The husband is offered a chance at revenge by a dangerous stranger who won’t take no for an answer, but the price of revenge is one more murder.
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Emma Thompson to Star in 'How to Build a Girl' (Exclusive)

Emma Thompson to Star in 'How to Build a Girl' (Exclusive)
The big-screen adaptation of Caitlin Moran's best-selling book How to Build a Girl has added double Academy Award winner Emma Thompson and Bridesmaids and Juliet, Naked star Chris O'Dowd to its cast, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Thompson and O'Dowd join the film's already announced lineup, including Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird) in the lead and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Paddy Considine (The Death of Stalin) and Sarah Solemani (Bridget Jones' Baby).

The comedic coming-of-age story comes from U.K. producer Monumental Pictures, which optioned Moran's semi-autobiographical 2014 book and developed the project with Film4. Coky Giedroyc (The ...
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‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Moves to Vacated ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Slot

‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Moves to Vacated ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Slot
Sony is moving its “Charlie’s Angels” reboot back five weeks to Nov. 1, 2019, to fill the slot vacated by “Wonder Woman 1984.”

Sony made the announcement Monday night, a few hours after Warner Bros. decided it would move Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman 1984” to June 6, 2020, with the explanation that the original “Wonder Woman” opened at the same time last year.

Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska will portray the film’s three Angels working for a detective agency. Elizabeth Banks is directing and starring as their unseen boss, Bosley. Patrick Stewart and Djimon Hounsou will play the other two Bosleys. Sam Claflin, Jonathan Tucker and Luis Gerardo Mendez are also on board for undisclosed roles in “Charlie’s Angels.”

Filming started in September. Banks and Max Handelman will produce under their Brownstone Productions banner, along with Doug Belgrad, who is also co-financing through his 2.0 Entertainment, and Elizabeth Cantillon.
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‘Joker’ Movie Casts Young Bruce Wayne and Alfred, Continues to Baffle Us

‘Joker’ Movie Casts Young Bruce Wayne and Alfred, Continues to Baffle Us
Director Todd Phillips is currently shooting Joker, his gritty, mid-budget supervillain movie with Joaquin Phoenix playing Arthur, a failed comedian who eventually becomes Gotham City’s Clown Prince of Crime. This isn’t a Batman-centric project (it’s technically not even in the same continuity as other Warner Bros. superhero movies like Batman v Superman or Justice League), […]

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Steve Carell Joins Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston Apple Series

Apple continues to assemble a mighty impressive line-up of talent for their streaming service – now all they need to do is show us some footage. The latest big name to get on the Apple streaming bandwagon is Steve Carell, who will appear in the still-untitled “morning show” starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. Deadline […]

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‘Funan’ Wins Top Prizes at Animation Is Film Festival

“Funan,” the story of a young mother trying to reunite her family during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia of the 1970s, won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Award at the Animation Is Film Festival, held Oct. 19-21 in Los Angeles. The film, directed by Denis Do, made its North American debut at the event.

“’Funan’ reminds us that animation can tell any kind of story. This versatile medium is by no means limited to fantastical or extraordinary subjects, but is in fact uniquely suited to incredibly personal ones as well,” said Peter Debruge, jury chairman and Variety’s chief film critic. “With ‘Funan,’ Do explores what his Cambodian mother experienced at the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime, finding unexpected beauty within the horror of the situation. The jury agreed that the profound result actually feels more powerful by virtue of being made in animation.”

In addition,
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‘Joker’ Movie Casts Its Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth

Joker director Todd Phillips has cast the next actor to play Bruce Wayne on the big screen, but it isn't any of the A-list names we've heard bandied about in recent months. Instead 'Master Bruce' will be played by young Dante Pereira-Olson, who played a young version of Joaquin Phoenix's character in You Were Never Really Here. Phoenix, of course, is playing the title character in DC's gritty, '80s-set reimagining of the Batman character. In other Joker casting news, Douglas Hodge will play Alfred Pennyworth, the Wayne family butler who keeps a close …
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Terrence Malick’s New Vr Project Has Music by Jonny Greenwood, Explores Human Life From Birth to Death

Terrence Malick’s New Vr Project Has Music by Jonny Greenwood, Explores Human Life From Birth to Death
Cinephiles will probably want to sit down for this news: Terrence Malick and Jonny Greenwood are teaming up. The director’s latest virtual reality project, “Evolver,” is set to feature original music from Greenwood and will be presented at the upcoming Vr Days Europe, in collaboration with the Rotterdam International Film Festival (via ScreenDaily). “Evolver” is one of 10 virtual reality projects being unveiled at the event, where industry professionals will weigh in on each project’s finance and distribution possibilities.

Evolver” allows users to experience the lifespan of the human condition, from birth to death. The project is produced by House of Secrets, an animation and Vr studio located in the Netherlands, and features new music not only from Greenwood but also from Wu-Tang Clan and more. Greenwood earned an Oscar nomination earlier this year for his work on Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread,” and handled score duties on
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John Carpenter and Jason Blum on ‘Halloween’, Fan Expectations, and the ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ Sequel

From Blumhouse Productions, creative consultant John Carpenter and director David Gordon Green (who also wrote the film with Danny McBride), Halloween is a terrifying look at the after-effects of the trauma that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) experienced when Michael Myers put on the mask and went on a killing spree in Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night, four decades ago. But now, there’s also Karen (Judy Greer), the daughter who was taken away from her and who struggles with her mother’s non-stop paranoia, and the teenaged Allyson (Andi Matichak), who’s stuck in the middle of …
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’: Rami Malek Is The Lone High Note In This Sexless, Shallow Biopic [Review]

Like trying to hit that famed high B flat on “Galileo” without a warm-up, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is embarrassingly unprepared to cover the life of its subject — Freddie Mercury. This jumbled take on the legend is squawky, sexless, and shallow, assaulting the senses as it offers little insight or real depth into Mercury or the band he fronted. This is despite running an overlong 134 minutes, which at once feels like far too much time and not nearly enough.

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Bohemian Rhapsody review: Freddie Mercury biopic bites the dust

Rami Malek’s impersonation adds a kind of magic to this Queen-produced rock slog with a troubling moralistic subtext

“We don’t follow formulas,” say the members of Queen, circa 1975, but anyone hoping for this Freddie Mercury biopic to take its cue from the rock-operatic masterpiece of the title will be disappointed. Rami Malek’s excellent performance aside, it feels less a pioneering musical odyssey than a really good covers band. Then again, considering the many, well-publicised troubles this movie has been through over the years – Malek stepped in to replace the departed Sacha Baron Cohen, director Dexter Fletcher stepped in to replace the departed Bryan Singer – it is some achievement that it finally got made at all. Maybe the formula was simply “get the damn thing finished”.

There is no lack of material to work with here, given Queen’s stratospheric rise and Mercury’s own tragic fall – he
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John C. Reilly on Getting to Know Joaquin Phoenix and His Very Busy 2018 [Interview]

John C. Reilly on Getting to Know Joaquin Phoenix and His Very Busy 2018 [Interview]
It’s practically undeniable that Chicago-born actor John C. Reilly is one of the most beloved actors on the face of the earth, from his frequent character work in the early films of Paul Thomas Anderson to his more dramatic takes in The Hours and We Need To Talk About Kevin to his […]

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Film Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Film Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Freddie Mercury was the most majestically debauched of all rock stars. A bad-boy diva with a famous overbite that made him look not just sexy but libidinous, he strutted around onstage with the come-hither flamboyance of a leering vampire prince. And, of course, no one in rock history had pipes like his. In his heyday as the lead singer of Queen, during the mid-to-late 1970s, Mercury crooned and wailed, but more than that he soared, like Robert Plant fused with the spirits of Cher and Tina Turner. He was as down-and-dirty as any rock ‘n’ roller, but his melodic glide could lift you to the heavens. Queen’s iconic anthem “We Will Rock You” was written as a call-and-response between the band and its fans, but the way Mercury sang it, with his snaky grandiloquence the song came off as his unholy credo. The message was: He will rock you.
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Review: A Spirited Rami Malek Can’t Save Bryan Singer’s Royally Embarrassing Queen Biopic

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Review: A Spirited Rami Malek Can’t Save Bryan Singer’s Royally Embarrassing Queen Biopic
Everything you need to know about “Bohemian Rhapsody” — a broad, frivolous, and uselessly formulaic biopic about an inimitable band of misfits — can be surmised from a graphic that gets plastered across the screen in big letters when Queen embarks on their first American tour: “Midwest USA.” Not “Cleveland,” or “Detroit,” or “Kansas City,” but just “Midwest USA.” There’s not even a comma. That’s the degree of specificity in play here.

If not for Rami Malek’s feral posturing as one of rock history’s greatest frontmen, a deep roster of killer songs, and the long shadow of his band’s iconic 1985 performance at Live Aid, this movie could effectively be about any musicians, at any time, rolling through any part of the United States. From the disapproving parents, to the drug-fueled orgies, to the unbelievable scene when a young Freddie Mercury (née Farrokh Bulsara) introduces himself to Brian May
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As Netflix Adds More Debt to Get Even Bigger, the Streaming Wars Enter Turbo-Charge Mode

Netflix won round one of the streaming wars, and with very little competition. But as several new services prepare to launch next year, the end game is far from over. Audiences are about to face more choice — and may soon have to shell out more subscription fees depending on their interests, as content is splintered across more services.

Disney, Apple and WarnerMedia are expected to unveil their own over-the-top digital services next year, and there could be even more beyond that as conglomerates realize this may be their last chance to get their foot in the door.

This coming rush of competitors might explain Monday’s news that Netflix planned to raise another $2 billion in financing via new debt. That’s not a surprise: Netflix has publicly said in the past that it would raise additional debt to help fund its rapid growth — just as it has many times before.
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Marvel Land Ride Details Revealed For Disney California Adventure

A new report reveals the rumored attraction and layout details for Marvel’s upcoming theme park land in the Disney California Adventure park. The offerings include a Spider-Man interactive screen ride, a Doctor Strange stage show, an Avengers roller coaster dark ride and more. Below, we’ve gathered what you need to know about the Marvel Land […]

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‘Terminator 6’ To Face Off Directly Against ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot As Both Films Move To November 2019

Can Kristen Stewart kick Arnold Schwarzenegger’s butt? We’re going to find out in 2019. Kind of.

Variety is reporting that Kristen Stewart’s upcoming action film “Charlie’s Angels” is set to square off with the untitled ‘Terminator 6,’ as both films move into the recently-vacated November 1, 2019 release date. With the sudden move of “Wonder Woman 1984” (which itself was motivated by Mark Wahlberg’s “Six Billion Dollar Man” film being removed from the schedule) to June 5, 2020, that left the prime November 2019 date wide open.

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Animation Is Film Festival Jury Winners Gain Leg Up in Animated Oscar Race

One film ran away with the two top prizes at Hollywood’s second annual Animation Is Film Festival (which ran October 19 – 21): Denis Do’s intense Cambodia family survival drama “Funan” won both the jury’s Grand Prize and the Audience Award, selected by festival attendees. The Special Jury Prize went to “Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles,” co-written and directed by Salvador Simó, which follows surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel and his producer friend Ramón as they shoot an ambitious documentary on the poverty-stricken remote Las Hurdes region in Spain.

Read More: ‘Mirai’ Could Mark GKids’ 11th Feature Oscar Nomination: Animation Is Film Festival

“’Funan’ reminds us that animation can tell any kind of story,” stated jury chairman Peter Debruge. “This versatile medium is by no means limited to fantastical or extraordinary subjects, but is in fact uniquely suited to incredibly personal ones as well. With ‘Funan,’ director Denis
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Roman Polanski’s Name Left Out of Paramount’s Marketing for ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ 50th Anniversary

Roman Polanski’s Name Left Out of Paramount’s Marketing for ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ 50th Anniversary
Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby” is one of the most iconic horror movies ever made (it ranked #3 on IndieWire’s list of the 100 greatest horror movies of all-time), but the director is nowhere to be found in Paramount’s marketing for the movie’s 50th anniversary re-release. The studio released an official trailer and synopsis on October 22 for the milestone release without any mention of Polanski.

Paramount did not immediately answer IndieWire’s multiple requests for comment.

The studio’s official synopsis reads: “Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film that birthed a chilling new direction in horror. From Ira Levin’s best-selling novel, ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ tells the story of a young newlywed couple who are expecting their first child. Like most first-time mothers, Rosemary (Mia Farrow) experiences confusion and fear. Her husband (John Cassavetes), an ambitious but unsuccessful actor, makes a pact with the Devil that promises to send his career skyward.
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