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Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)

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Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)
Leonardo DiCaprio is in negotiations to star in Fox Searchlight’s “Nightmare Alley,” Guillermo del Toro’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning film “The Shape of Water.”

Del Toro will direct the pic and co-wrote the script with Kim Morgan. “Nightmare Alley” is being produced and financed by del Toro and J. Miles Dale with TSG Entertainment, with Fox Searchlight acquiring worldwide distribution rights to the film.

While there is a 1947 Fox pic, this film will be more based on the William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name. The 1947 movie starred Tyrone Power as an ambitious young con-man who teams up with a female psychiatrist who is even more corrupt than he is. At first, they enjoy success fleecing people with their mentalist act, but then she turns the tables on him, out-manipulating the manipulator.

The film shoots this fall as del Toro fills out the remaining roles.

After “The Shape of Water
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Ben Affleck to Star in and Direct World War II Caper ‘Ghost Army’

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Ben Affleck to Star in and Direct World War II Caper ‘Ghost Army’
Ben Affleck will star in and direct the Universal Pictures caper “Ghost Army,” based on the book “The Ghost Army of World War II,” written by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles, as well as the documentary “Ghost Army.”

It’s unclear when the movie will go into production as it’s still in development and Affleck is expected to rework the screenplay. The latest script was written by Nic Pizzolatto (HBO’s “True Detective”), with an earlier draft by Henry Gayden (“Shazam!”).

The film tells the true story of a squadron of recruits from art schools, ad agencies and other creative businesses who were tasked with fooling the Nazis into thinking the U.S. had larger troop numbers than it actually did. The book follows a group of young GIs, including fashion designer Bill Blass, painter Ellsworth Kelly, artist Arthur Singer, photographer Art Kane, and others, who conduct a secret mission.
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Marisa Tomei Joins Pete Davidson in Judd Apatow Comedy (Exclusive)

Marisa Tomei Joins Pete Davidson in Judd Apatow Comedy (Exclusive)
Marisa Tomei, the Oscar winner who plays Aunt May in the current Spider-Man movies, will star opposite Pete Davidson in Universal’s untitled comedy being made by Judd Apatow.

Apatow will direct the feature, which is set to shoot this summer in New York City, and he also is producing with Barry Mendel, his collaborator on such comedies as Bridesmaids, This Is 40 and The Big Sick.

Universal’s senior executive vp production Erik Baiers will oversee for the studio.

Details on the logline are being kept under lock and key, but it is known to be a coming-of-age comedy set ...
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James Wan, Gary Dauberman Tackling Stephen King's Vampire Tale 'Salem's Lot'

James Wan, Gary Dauberman Tackling Stephen King's Vampire Tale 'Salem's Lot'
Stephen King’s vampire novel Salem’s Lot is heading to the big screen.

James Wan and Gary Dauberman, the respective producer and writer collaborators behind many of the biggest hits of the Conjuring horror universe, are teaming to adapt the novel for New Line.

Dauberman will write the script and serve as executive producer. Wan will produce, along with Roy Lee and Mark Wolper.

Published in 1975, King’s book centers on an author who returns to his hometown in order to write about an abandoned mansion in the small town. As he discovers the home has been bought by ...
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J.R.R. Tolkien's Family Does "Not Endorse" Upcoming Fox Searchlight Biopic

J.R.R. Tolkien's Family Does
With less than a month to go before the release of Tolkien, Fox Searchlight's biopic starring Nicholas Hoult as the famed author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, the subject's family has said it does "not endorse" the movie. 

In a statement issued Tuesday, the J.R.R. Tolkien family and the Tolkien estate said they wished to "make clear that they did not approve of, authorize or participate in the making" of the film, which recounts the years of toil and imagination that gave the novelist the inspiration for his storytelling in ...
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Doug Liman’s $100M ‘Chaos Walking’ Undergoes Reshoots After First Cut Deemed ‘Unreleasable’ — Report

Doug Liman’s $100M ‘Chaos Walking’ Undergoes Reshoots After First Cut Deemed ‘Unreleasable’ — Report
When Lionsgate picked up the distribution rights to Patrick Ness’ “Chaos Walking” trilogy in 2011, it seemed that the home of such blockbuster adaptations as “The Twilight Saga” and “The Hunger Games” was lining up their next Ya-leaning smash hit. That market has, of course, changed in the intervening years — by the time the fourth film in the Jennifer Lawrence-starring “Hunger Games” series ended, each film’s box office had declined precipitously from the previous film; Lionsgate and Summit didn’t even make a final film in the similar “Divergent” series — and few studios are attempting the same multi-film treatment that ruled the box office just a decade ago.

It didn’t help that with “Chaos Walking” the film went through a few iterations on its way to the big screen, the kind that would slow down any film, let alone one arriving a touch too late. Robert Zemeckis was
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Expected to Shatter Box Office Records

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Expected to Shatter Box Office Records
Avengers: Endgame” has its sights set on world domination.

Disney and Marvel’s upcoming superhero epic should light the box office on fire when it launches this weekend, with the hopes of setting domestic, international, and global records. In North America alone, “Avengers: Endgame” is expected to earn between $250 million and $268 million in its first three days of release. If it hits the higher part of that range it would qualify as the biggest domestic debut of all time, a distinction currently held by 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” the precursor to “Endgame,” which launched with $257.7 million.

Advance ticket sales have been sky high for “Endgame,” so box office watchers are confident the grand conclusion to the current phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be one for the record books. At the very least, the opening weekend of “Endgame” will position itself as one of the best launches ever. Disney
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'Avengers: Endgame' — First Reactions From the Premiere

'Avengers: Endgame' — First Reactions From the Premiere
Avengers: Endgame has finally been unveiled.

Monday night's premiere in downtown Los Angeles was the first time members of the public saw the Marvel Studios film, and the first reactions are coming in on Twitter.

The Hollywood Reporter has captured a snapshot of early responses to Avengers: Endgame, which is directed by the Russo Bros. and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Danai Gurira and Karen Gillan.

Endgame follows last year's Infinity War, which earned $2 billion at the global box office and saw the villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) destroy half ...
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Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Unveils Lineup

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Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Unveils Lineup
Robert Eggers’ anticipated “The Lighthouse” with Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, Luca Guadagnino’s medium-length film “The Staggering Girl” and Japanese helmer Takashi Miike’s “First Love” are set to unspool at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight under the new leadership of Paolo Moretti.

Described by Moretti as a “hypnotic two-hander” powered by Pattinson and Dafoe, “The Lighthouse” is a fantasy horror film set in a mysterious island in New England at the end of the 19th century. Eggers previously directed “The Witch.”

As with Cannes’ official selection, Directors’ Fortnight will showcase a wide range of genre movies. Besides “The Lighthouse,” the other anticipated genre films set for Directors’ Fortnight include Bertrand Bonello’s “Zombi Child,” about the Haitian Clairvius Narcisse, victim of a voodoo; Miike’s “First Love”; Babak Anvari’s “Wounds,” with Armie Hammer and Dakota Johnson; and Tunisian helmer Ala Eddine Slim’s “Tlamess.”

Moretti, who took over from
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Bleiberg Entertainment boards Thomas Jane thriller 'The Orchard' (exclusive)

Bleiberg Entertainment boards Thomas Jane thriller 'The Orchard' (exclusive)
Supporting cast includes Jay Mohr, India Ennenga, Sean Patrick Flanery.

Bleiberg Entertainment has come on board and will launch international sales in Cannes on dark thriller The Orchard starring Thomas Jane.

Production has commenced on the project, which marks a return to genre films for Jane after starring roles in the likes of Stephen King adaptations The Mist and Netflix’s 1922, as well as The Punisher, Before I Wake, Blumhouse’s The Veil, and last year’s The Predator.

Michael Caissie makes his feature directorial debut on the project, which centres on a sheriff who gets called to an orchard
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reaps $83 Million in China by Early Afternoon of Opening Day

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reaps $83 Million in China by Early Afternoon of Opening Day
Avengers: Endgame” is already breaking records in China, raking in $83 million (RMB558 million) as of 2 p.m. on opening day Wednesday – two days ahead of the U.S. – and putting itself firmly on track to become the biggest Hollywood title ever in the Middle Kingdom.

The Marvel finale has already set a new all-time record for ticket pre-sales, selling more than $110 million ahead of its Tuesday night midnight opening to beat the previous record-holder, Chinese title “Monster Hunt 2,” which sold $59.6 million.

The Maoyan online ticketing platform estimates that “Endgame” will haul in a total of $521 million (RMB3.5 billion) over the course of its run. That would make it the top-performing foreign film ever and the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time in China, behind homegrown nationalistic epics “Wolf Warrior II” (RMB5.68 billion), “The Wandering Earth” (RMB4.66 billion), and “Operation Red Sea” (RMB3.65 billion).

The top-performing foreign film has so far
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'Avengers: Endgame' tears into China, targets $100m opening day

'Avengers: Endgame' tears into China, targets $100m opening day
Tuesday previews generate roughly $27m.

Early indications from tracking sources in China reveal that Avengers: Endgame crossed $80m by early afternoon on Wednesday (24) with a $100m opening day haul including previews a strong possibility for the tentpole.

Tuesday previews generated roughly $27m (Rmb 188m), and by approximately 2pm on Wednesday the concluding saga in the first phase of Marvel Studios films had added some $54m (Rmb 364m) to reach roughly $81m (Rmb 552m) and counting.

With much of the day to go the film was set up to finish close to the $100m mark, providing a five-day opening weekend with
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‘The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash’

‘The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash’
Very much in the manner of an “unplugged” acoustic album that showcases the musicianship of a major artist without distracting flash and filigree, “The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash” is a tightly focused yet impressively multifaceted documentary that attempts nothing less than to delve past familiar myths and illuminate the soul of its fabled subject.

Director Thom Zimny, who took a similarly stripped-to-essentials approach to another immortal pop-culture icon in his widely acclaimed “Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” has fashioned, with the full cooperation of the Cash estate, a richly textured portrait infused with sympathetic but unvarnished honesty, one that likely will endure as necessary source material for any future biographer of the Man in Black.

The free-form narrative designed by Zimny and scripter Warren Zanes is anchored in the legendary 1968 concert Johnny Cash gave for inmates at California’s Folsom State Prison, an event that was recorded on a phenomenally popular live album,
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European Film Promotion Reveals 2019’s Producers on the Move

Twenty of Europe’s up-and-coming producers are going to Cannes with European Film Promotion. The organization unveiled its latest roster of Producers on the Move on Wednesday, a lineup that features France’s Gregoire Debailly, who produced Jean-Bernard Marlin’s “Sheherazade,” which premiered in Critics’ Week in Cannes last year, and Ireland’s Cormac Fox, who produced Sophie Hyde’s “Animals.”

Other names include “Borg vs. McEnroe” producer Jon Nohrstedt and, from the U.K., Emily Morgan, whose credits include the critically acclaimed “I Am Not a Witch.”

Efp has been putting selected enterprising producers in the spotlight for 20 years, a period in which 400 have featured. The European Union’s Creative Europe – Media Program backs the initiative, which sees the selected producers take part in networking and production-skewed events.

A trio of producers from previous editions will have films at Cannes this year: Germany’s Janine Jackowski with Corneliu Porumboiu’s “The Whistlers,
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Academy Board of Governors Changes Rules for 92nd Oscars — Without Spielberg

No more Spielberg vs. Netflix headlines. The filmmaker and Academy governor skipped this year’s annual rules meeting on April 23. He may have recognized that the possible rule change requiring a longer exclusive run would not fly. He’s changed his tune, it seems.

As expected, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to maintain the 2012 status quo for Rule Two, Eligibility for the 92nd Oscars. To be eligible for awards consideration, a film must have a minimum seven-day theatrical run in a Los Angeles County commercial theater, with at least three screenings per day for paid admission. Motion pictures released in nontheatrical media on or after the first day of their Los Angeles County theatrical qualifying run remain eligible.

“We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions,” stated Academy President John Bailey. “Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition,
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Academy leaves Netflix eligibility rule intact, changes name of foreign language category

’We plan to further study the profound changes occurring in our industry.’

In good news for Netflix, the Academy’s board of governors on Tuesday night (23) kept their eligibility rules intact despite a media storm over Steven Spielberg’s passion for the theatre-going experience, and separately changed the name of the foreign language film category to international feature film category.

Squeezed at the bottom of a press release was the outcome of a vote in Beverly Hills by the board to maintain Rule Two, Eligibility for the 92nd Oscars, stating that films that open in non-theatrical media on the same
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Marvel claims the top spot in spending with “Avengers: Endgame.”

Ads placed for the superhero film had an estimated media value of $6.28 million through Sunday for 927 national ad airings on 39 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from April 15-21. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Marvel prioritized spend across networks including ABC, NBC and ESPN, and during programming such as NBA Basketball, NHL Hockey and “The Big Bang Theory.”

Just behind “Avengers: Endgame” in second place: Lionsgate’s “Long Shot,” which saw 837 national ad airings across 28 networks, with an estimated media value of $4.27 million.

TV ad placements for MGM’s “The Hustle” (Emv: $3.03 million), Twentieth Century Fox’s “Breakthrough” ($2.6 million) and Warner Bros.’ “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” ($2.57 million) round out the chart.
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Netflix Can Chill: Academy Rules No Change in Streaming Oscar Eligibility

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will not change eligibility rules for the Oscars, despite speculation that streaming companies might see a crackdown on their release practices when pursuing golden trophies.

A board of governors meeting on Tuesday voted to maintain the status quo, that any feature-length film can be considered for the Academy Award as long as it has a seven-day run, with three public screenings per day, in Los Angeles. Films can hit alternative release platforms like Netflix or Amazon Prime on or after the first day of a run and remain eligible.

“We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions,” Academy President John Bailey said in a statement. “Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition, and also allow for a broad selection of films to be submitted for Oscars consideration.”

Bailey added that the
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Directors’ Fortnight chief Paolo Moretti on Netflix’s ‘Wounds’, gender, genre

’Our institutional policy is to value the work of the director.’

Italian-born Paolo Moretti, the new delegate general of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and the first non-French national to head any Cannes section, sat down with Screen to discuss Tuesday’s (23) unveiling of his first selecton for the upcoming 51st edition, running May 15-25.

After the announcement conference, Moretti spoke about being welcomed into the French cinema fold, as well as his controversial move to select UK-Iranian Babak Anvari’s Netflix-acquired horror film Wounds, even though it is not guaranteed a theatrical release in France.

He also explained how his
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Film Review: ‘Aniara’

Film Review: ‘Aniara’
Each year brings an example or three of purported “thinking person’s science-fiction” films, a category that pretty much embraces anything not centered on monsters or lightsaber battles. These efforts are often more admirable in theory than result, but “Aniara” — the first film drawn from Nobel Prize-winning Swedish poet Harry Martinson’s 1956 cycle of 103 cantos — provides a narrative as satisfying as its conception is ambitious. This tale of a spaceship stuck wandering the cosmos after being forced off course is both impressive in its scope and intimate in its portrait of human nature under long-term duress.

Though inevitably destined to frustrate genre fans who think they want something different but still require conventional action thrills, Pella Kagerman and Hugo Lilja’s first feature should intrigue and reward those inclined toward adult drama who wouldn’t normally expect such tropes from a sci-fi movie.

There’s also the lure of topicality:
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