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Production Resumes on ‘Fast & Furious 9’; Investigation Into Stuntman Injury Under Way

Production Resumes on ‘Fast & Furious 9’; Investigation Into Stuntman Injury Under Way
Production resumed Tuesday on “Fast & Furious 9,” a day after an accident at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, near London, left a stuntman in hospital. The U.K. agency responsible for workplace safety confirmed that it is now investigating the accident.

The stuntman, Joe Watts, was working on a second unit when he sustained head injuries in a fall. He has been placed in an induced coma after having been taken to a London hospital in an air ambulance. Watts was not Vin Diesel’s stunt double, as was reported by some British tabloids.

In a since-deleted social media post, his girlfriend said Monday night that he had suffered a serious head injury but was in a stable condition.

Main-unit filming resumed Tuesday, but the second unit remained closed. Universal and Warner Bros. declined to comment.

The Health and Safety Executive told Variety that a probe into what happened is underway.
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Far from Home Just Became the Highest-Grossing Spider-Man Movie Ever

Far from Home Just Became the Highest-Grossing Spider-Man Movie Ever
It's a good day to be Tom Holland, as Spider-Man: Far from Home is officially the highest-grossing Spider-Man movie ever. Holland's latest solo adventure as Peter Parker in the MCU made its way to theaters earlier this month and, ever since, it's been collecting serious amounts of cash in a major hurry. With what the movie made over the weekend factored in, it's now set to cross the coveted $1 billion mark worldwide any day now, which is more good news for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Spider-Man: Far From Home added an additional $37.2 million over the weekend, which included a very solid $21 million in its third weekend domestically. That brings its grand box office total to $970.9 million. With that in mind, it's highly likely that the Jon Watts-directed sequel will swing over the $1 billion mark by next weekend's end, if not sooner. To date, the movie has earned $319.8 million domestically,
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy Teaming for 'Nine Lives of Louis Wain' for Amazon, StudioCanal

Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy Teaming for 'Nine Lives of Louis Wain' for Amazon, StudioCanal
Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy are set to unite for first time since 2011 in The Nine Lives of Louis Wain, which Amazon has pre-bought U.S. rights for.

The drama — about a real-life Victorian painter — is being helmed by BAFTA-nominated British director Will Sharpe (Flowers), who wrote the script together with Simon Stephenson. The project is being produced by U.K. banner Showbox Films alongside Cumberbatch's own production company SunnyMarch, with backing from StudioCanal and Film4.

Wain was an eccentric English artist who was known for his drawings of anthropomorphized large-eyed cats and kittens. In ...
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Toronto Film Festival: ‘Joker,’ ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ ‘Hustlers’ Among Big Premieres

Toronto Film Festival: ‘Joker,’ ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ ‘Hustlers’ Among Big Premieres
This year’s Toronto Film Festival will feature super-villain origin stories, splashy literary adaptations, and Tom Hanks as the most beloved performer in children’s television.

The Canadian celebration of all things movies unveiled its 2019 lineup on Tuesday, and it appears to be an eclectic mixture of glossy awards bait, auteur-driven indies, and populist crowd-pleasers. It’s a bill of fare that ranges from “Joker,” a gritty and very R-rated take on the clown prince of crime, to “Abominable,” an animated adventure featuring an adorable Yeti that’s geared at audiences that are roughly a decade removed from being able to watch “Joker” without a parent or guardian. Bridging that cavernous age gap is “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a drama about Fred Rogers that features the aforementioned Hanks as the family entertainment icon. Unless it unveils some hitherto unknown skeletons in Rogers’ closet — before starting an on-camera career,
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Film Review: ‘The Great Hack’

When I was growing up, we learned that the moral cornerstone of the First Amendment — the very essence of it — is that it’s about protecting the speech you don’t like. If the Nazis aren’t allowed to march in Skokie (a major test case in the 1970s), then a treacherous principle gets laid down: that the rights protected by the First Amendment only go so far. And once that principle is established, it can be used against anyone. That, as we also learned, is why the First Amendment is the first amendment: If a society doesn’t have free speech, then its other rights will begin, over time, to fall away.

So please understand: When I say that Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim’s “The Great Hack,” a documentary about data-mining, fake-news propaganda, and the 2016 election (it drops on Netflix on July 24), is an intelligent but infuriating piece of liberal hand-wringing,
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Columbia Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Ads placed for the drama had an estimated media value of $5.71 million through Sunday for 997 national ad airings on 34 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from July 15-21. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Columbia Pictures prioritized spend across networks including CBS, NBC and ESPN, and during programming such as “SportsCenter,” “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and “America’s Got Talent.”

Just behind “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in second place: Universal Pictures’ “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” which saw 1,045 national ad airings across 40 networks, with an estimated media value of $4.81 million.

TV ad placements for Walt Disney Pictures
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Outfest Film Review: ‘Circus of Books’

Outfest Film Review: ‘Circus of Books’
Rachel Mason grew up believing that her parents ran a small bookstore in Los Angeles. She wasn’t entirely mistaken, although the naive young woman — then an artsy teen, now a documentary filmmaker — never imagined that, as her mother Karen bluntly tells her on camera, “at one point, we were probably the biggest distributor of hardcore gay films in the United States.” Named for the now-defunct SoCal fixture, “Circus of Books” is an affectionate look at one of the most unusual mom and pop businesses in America, directed by the person who knew Mom and Pop best.

As such, it’s no great surprise that Rachel (who puts herself on screen up front) focuses on Karen and Barry Mason, the straight, middle-class California couple who established and operated the shop, rather than what such an establishment meant to L.A.’s gay population at the time. Mixed among the vintage
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Amazon Studios, international distributors in talks over ‘The Aeronauts’ release dates

Sources deny overall strategy shift.

Amazon Studios executives are scrambling to discuss release plans with international partners on The Aeronauts after the awards hopeful’s Us theatrical release was moved back to a shorter slot in December.

However sources at the streamer said there was no overall shift in distribution strategy, despite a tumultuous few months that has seen Sundance acquisition Late Night flop at the Us bos office, and the departure of head of marketing and distribution Bob Berney.

On Tuesday (23) it emerged the Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones ballooning adventure – which has been tipped to premiere in Venice
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Toronto sets out its stall as fall festival season approaches

Toronto sets out its stall as fall festival season approaches
Selections give clues to Venice, Telluride premieres.

The solid roster of world premieres announced by Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) top brass punctuated by several must-haves has set the stage for a competitive fall film festival season as all eyes turn to Thursday’s line-up announcement on Thursday.

Taika Waititi’s satire Jojo Rabbit at Fox Searchlight, Donna Tartt adaptation The Goldfinch directed by John Crowley at Warner Bros in the Us and select territories, and Big Beach’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood at TriStar and directed by Marianne Heller with Tom Hanks in the lead as Us
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/Filmcast Ep. 527 – The Lion King

/Filmcast Ep. 527 – The Lion King
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss exciting news out of San Diego Comic-Con, covering everything from Tom Cruise in Top Gun 2, Natalie Portman as Thor, and Patrick Stewart returning as Captain Picard. For the feature review, the cast collectively ask the existential question “what’s the reason of being for this new Lion King movie?” Read about […]

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'Gemini Man' director Ang Lee felt 'overwhelmed' by tech demands on 'Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk'

Paramount to release Venice Film festival prospect on Oct. 11 in North America.

Ang Lee, whose upcoming Gemini Man has been tipped to premiere in Venice, said he was “overwhelmed” and “confused” by the technology demands of 2016 release Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and felt much more comfortable with the demands of ultra-high frame-rate and picture resolution a second time round on his new sci-fi.

Lee joined Will Smith and Gemini Man producer Jerry Bruckheimer on stage at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday (23) to reveal a first-look at roughly 20 minutes of footage from the film, in which Smith plays Henry Brogen,
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Superhero Bits: How Captain America Returned the Infinity Stones, New X-Men Logos & More

Want to see the entire DC Universe panel from Comic-Con? Want to see the new X-Men logos being used for Marvel’s latest comic event? What’s different about the Batman: Hush animated movie when compared to the comic? How did Captain America return all of the Infinity Stones? Which Marvel character does Joe Manganiello want to […]

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James Marsden Almost Played Burt Reynolds in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

James Marsden Almost Played Burt Reynolds in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has a huge cast. As the film entered production, we reached a point where daily casting news would add yet another name to an ever-growing list. One of those names was James Marsden – but Marsden didn’t make it into the final film. So who was Marsden going […]

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The ‘Riddick 4’ Script is Done, Just in Case Anyone Other Than Vin Diesel Wants to See It

The ‘Riddick 4’ Script is Done, Just in Case Anyone Other Than Vin Diesel Wants to See It
Vin Diesel loves dropping news on his Instagram account, and his latest is a doozy. It appears the script for Riddick 4 actually exists, and to prove it, Diesel held the physical copy it. Titled Riddick 4: Furya, the script presumably brings back Diesel’s Pitch Black character for yet another adventure. But is anyone even interested in that? Besides […]

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‘Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus’ Teaser: The NickToon TV Movie Arrives on Netflix in August

Hot on the heels of the teaser for Nickelodeon’s TV movie revival of Rocko’s Modern Life, the other anticipated NickToon return that fans have been waiting for has also been given a new teaser and official release date. Invader Zim ran on Nickelodeon from 2001 through 2006, and now the NickToon is back with a […]

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‘Genius’: Why the Mary Shelley Bio Series Got Dropped for Aretha Franklin

‘Genius’: Why the Mary Shelley Bio Series Got Dropped for Aretha Franklin
Mary Shelley brought “Frankenstein” to life, but her own life was found wanting when it comes to Nat Geo. The author was supposed to be the subject of the network’s newest “Genius” season, the network’s scripted biography series, following Picasso and Einstein before him. But in February, Nat Geo announced it would focus on the life of the late, great Aretha Franklin instead.

On Tuesday, National Geographic Global Network President Courteney Monroe explained why the Gothic novelist was dropped.

“We were super-excited about Mary Shelley, a fascinating person, a fascinating life. The fact is that we just couldn’t find a way to crack it creatively for an eight- to 10-hour limited series,” she said. “And our feeling was if we couldn’t do it in a really excellent way and do it right, then we shouldn’t do it.”

“So that’s what happened. We really tried.
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Leonardo DiCaprio Worries Traditional Filmmaking Becoming ‘Dinosaur’ in the Age of Streaming

Leonardo DiCaprio Worries Traditional Filmmaking Becoming ‘Dinosaur’ in the Age of Streaming
Leonardo DiCaprio is nervous traditional filmmaking may be in danger of extinction.

“We’re entering this age of streaming where things are so immediate and all of a sudden you have a new show, eight episodes of a new brilliant show that comes on that you can watch almost every other day,” DiCaprio told Variety at Monday’s premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino’s look at 1969 Los Angeles.

DiCaprio stars in the movie as a fading Hollywood star with Brad Pitt as his loyal stuntman and now driver.

“So when you’re talking about a movie that’s shot on film where you have all of Hollywood Boulevard that like physically transformed into 1969 with no CGI, this is kind of a real throwback to an era of filmmaking we’re not going to see anymore,” he said.

“In a way it is a bit of a dinosaur,
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Cool Stuff: ‘Captain Marvel’ Pager, Iron Man’s Last Arc Reactor, and Spider-Man’s Drone Get Life-Size Replicas

Cool Stuff: ‘Captain Marvel’ Pager, Iron Man’s Last Arc Reactor, and Spider-Man’s Drone Get Life-Size Replicas
During Comic-Con, a life-size replica of Tony Stark’s first arc reactor from the original Iron Man was revealed by Hot Toys. But the high-end collectible company has even more prop replicas of cool gadgets from the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the way. Hot Toys has unveiled a trio of prop replicas that will be available […]

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‘The Purge’ Season 2 Trailer Teases a New Take on the Worst Night Ever

Just when you thought you'd seen it all, The Purge season 2 trailer debuts courtesy of the USA Network and reminds you there are still some surprises left. The trailer for the second season of the TV series based on the film franchise of the same name arrived this week. With it came the promise of a new take on the classic story wherein Americans everywhere are given permission to do whatever they want to their fellow countrymen in whatever way they choose for a 12-hour window where all crime is legal. The season 2 Purge trailer hints …
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Natalie Portman Will Be Known as “Mighty Thor” in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Natalie Portman Will Be Known as “Mighty Thor” in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’
Natalie Portman is playing the Goddess of Thunder in Taika Waititi‘s upcoming sequel Thor: Love and Thunder – but how are fans supposed to distinguish between her version of Thor and Chris Hemsworth’s version in casual conversation? Thankfully, Waititi has provided an answer: Portman’s Jane Foster will be known as “Mighty Thor” in the new […]

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