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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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Anthony Mackie Joins Amy Adams, Julianne Moore in Joe Wright’s ‘Woman in the Window’ (Exclusive)

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Anthony Mackie Joins Amy Adams, Julianne Moore in Joe Wright’s ‘Woman in the Window’ (Exclusive)
Anthony Mackie is in negotiations to join Amy Adams and Julianne Moore in Fox 2000’s adaptation of A.J. Finn’s bestseller “Woman in the Window,” sources tell Variety.

Joe Wright is directing with Tracy Letts adapting the screenplay. Gary Oldman, Wyatt Russell, and Brian Tyree Henry are also on board to star. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing “Woman in the Window.”

“Woman in the Window” debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and remains the best-selling adult fiction title of the year. With more than one million copies sold in the U.S., the novel has topped the bestseller charts in multiple countries and is currently in print in 38 languages.

Mackie is best known for his roles in “The Hurt Locker” and as Falcon (aka Sam Wilson) in the Captain America films. He will wrap the Netflix remake of the French thriller “Point Blank” before shooting “Woman in the Window,
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TIFF Adds ‘Boy Erased,’ & New Films By Jeremy Saulnier, Paul Greengrass, Jonah Hill & More

TIFF Adds ‘Boy Erased,’ & New Films By Jeremy Saulnier, Paul Greengrass, Jonah Hill & More
As we approach the September kick-off date, the Toronto International Film Festival is beginning to round out its already-stacked lineup with new high-profile, awards-caliber films. Earlier today, we reported that new films starring Chris Pine, Laura Dern, and Kristen Stewart were opening and closing the fest, but now we know some of the other big projects that are joining them.

Leading the way is the international premiere of the Joel Edgerton film “Boy Erased.” That film, which stars Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Lucas Hedges, is getting plenty of awards-season buzz.
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Jesse Plemons to Co-Star With Keri Russell in Scott Cooper’s ‘Antlers’ (Exclusive)

Jesse Plemons to Co-Star With Keri Russell in Scott Cooper’s ‘Antlers’ (Exclusive)
Jesse Plemons is looking to reteam with his “Hostiles” helmer Scott Cooper on the director’s next pic, “Antlers,” a supernatural horror-thriller set up at Fox Searchlight.

Guillermo del Toro is producing the project with David Goyer and Miles Dale, who produced del Toro’s Oscar-winning “The Shape of Water.”

Antlers” follows a teacher (Keri Russell) who takes an interest in a mysterious and withdrawn student. As they become closer, she discovers that the boy is harboring a secret that could have deadly consequences.

It is unknown who Plemons will be playing in the film.

Nick Antosca and Henry Chaisson wrote the script, which is based on Antosca’s short story “The Quiet Boy.” Cooper did additional revisions. Kevin Turen and Antosca are exec producing.

Plemons and Cooper have a solid history, going back to Cooper’s mob movie “Black Mass” as well as the recently released western “Hostiles,” which also starred Christian Bale.
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Eric Bogosian To Join Adam Sandler In Safdie Brothers & A24’s ‘Uncut Gems’

Eric Bogosian To Join Adam Sandler In Safdie Brothers & A24’s ‘Uncut Gems’
Exclusive: Actor-writer Eric Bogosian is finalizing a deal to join Adam Sandler in the Safdie brothers’ Good Time follow-up Uncut Gems for A24. The Law & Order alum will have a key role opposite Sandler, I understand. Plot details are being kept under wraps on the movie, which has a script by the Safdies — Josh and Ben — and Ronald Bronstein. Producers are Scott Rudin and Eli Bush through Scott Rudin Produtions and Elara Pictures' Sebastian Bear-McClard and Oscar Boyson
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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.

Watch: Thomas Lennon Finds a Killer Puppet in an Exclusive ‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich’ Clip

Get ready for all kinds of blood-splattered miniature chaos with Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. The 13th film in the Puppet Master series is a a gleefully gory and maniacal franchise reboot from the Brawl in Cell Block 99 and Bone Tomahawk screenwriter S. Craig Zahler. Featuring appearances from genre staples Barbara Crampton and Udo Kier, The Littlest Reich stars Thomas Lennon as a divorcee who returns to his childhood home looking for a new life, and finds an absolutely insane puppet slaughter instead. Today, we've got an exclusive clip showing off Lennon's first interaction with a …
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YouTube Partners With Roadside Attractions To Launch Susan Sarandon Thriller ‘Viper Club’ Theatrically

YouTube is to launch Susan Sarandon-fronted thriller Viper Club theatrically after partnering with Roadside Attractions. The Google-owned company has struck a deal with the Manchester By The Sea and Winter's Bone distributor to launch Maryam Keshavarz's drama in theaters on October 26 ahead of its debut on its YouTube Premium service in 2019. The move marks a slight shift in strategy for YouTube, which has previously focused on launching titles online. While, for…
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Visual Effects Society Names Its 2018 Hall Of Famers & Other Career Honorees

Star Trek patriarch Gene Roddenberry, Dynamation VFX pioneer Ray Harryhausen and film poster/title sequence legend Saul Bass are among the Visual Effect Society’s 2018 Hall of Fame class, the guild said today. It also named its other career honorees, including Gene Kozicki (Founders Award) and Jonathan Erland (Lifetime Membership). "Our Ves honorees represent a group of exceptional artists, innovators and professionals who have had a profound impact on the field of visual…
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Quentin Tarantino Adds To ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Cast With Actor To Portray Bruce Lee

We have long-known that Bruce Lee was going to factor into the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Clearly, if you know anything about the filmmaker, he has a fondness for Lee and probably was just searching for a way to include the actor in his newest film. But we’ve been wondering who the director might nab to portray the action legend. Now, we know.

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Ethan Hawke Gets Candid on Fame, Filmmaking and What He Learned From ‘Reality Bites’

Ethan Hawke Gets Candid on Fame, Filmmaking and What He Learned From ‘Reality Bites’
When Ethan Hawke was 24, he became a Gen X pinup thanks to “Reality Bites.”

As Troy Dyer, a good-looking slacker and aspiring musician with a wisp of a Van Dyke beard and a duffel bag full of unearned wisdom about life and materialism, Hawke defined the fears and hopes of young adults in the MTV era. But fame had a stultifying quality for the actor, who says he had trouble coming to terms with the success of the 1994 romantic comedy-drama.

“When you’re in your early 20s and you’re still struggling to find out who you are, it pours gasoline on the fire of confusion,” says Hawke. “You don’t know north or south, east or west. Some people hated the [‘Reality Bites’] character and they hated me, or they loved the character and they loved me. I didn’t know enough about acting then to understand what was going on.
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25 Things to Know about ‘The Purge’ TV Series

It all started with a $3 million budget and a killer idea. The Purge. Created by James DeMonaco and backed by Blumhouse, the horror thriller introduced audiences to a not-too-distant future America where all crime, including murder, becomes legal for 12 hours a year. Four films and more than $400 million at the box office later, The Purge has travelled from suburbia to the streets of Downtown Los Angeles, and ultimately, back to the very first Purge night in Staten Island, unfolding an expansive mythology and undercurrent of pointed political commentary along the way. Now, The Purge is …
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The New Masks in ‘The Purge’ TV Series Are All Kinds of Nightmare Fuel

What creeps you out? Serial Killers? Nuns? Devils? Doctors? Or maybe it's a good old-fashioned bloody bunny with fingers sticking out of its mouth? Whatever gets under your skin, there's probably some nightmarish incarnation of it strapped to the face of a would-be killer in USA Network's upcoming The Purge TV series. Based on the hit horror franchise from Blumhouse and creator James DeMonaco, the 10-episode limited series takes the long-form approach to the concept, set in a near-future America where all crime, including murder, is legal for one night a year. …
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Why axing Chris Pine would be a very bad idea for the Star Trek films

Risking the cast’s chemistry by hiring a new Captain Kirk may be boldly going way too far

There are moments in USS Callister, the 2017 Black Mirror episode that riffs furiously on Star Trek and gamer geekery, that might tempt us to wonder if the makers of the new series of films (starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk) might have considered Jesse Plemons for the role instead. For while Pine has charisma in spades and a confident twinkle in the eye that recalls William Shatner at his best, Plemons is rather better at nailing the Canadian actor’s habit of slipping into knowing, smug braggadocio when the Klingons have been defeated for the umpteenth time.

Casting the star of Breaking Bad and Fargo as James T might be a little like the makers of James Bond deciding to hire Johnny English’s Rowan Atkinson as the new 007. But far worse
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Officially Casts Mike Moh as Bruce Lee

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Officially Casts Mike Moh as Bruce Lee
Here’s a rumor that’s officially been confirmed: Mike Moh is playing legendary martial artist/actor Bruce Lee in Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Moh joins a huge cast of actors who are playing a mix of real-life figures and fictional characters. More on Mike Moh as Bruce Lee below. Another day, another story about […]

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Crazy Rich Asians Is A Formulaic, But Delightful, Representational Cinderella-ish Fairy Tale [Review]

It has little to do with the films themselves, and I’m loathed to start a review about outside forces that don’t have anything to do with the quality of the movie, but there’s an anxiety that comes with the era of representational cinema. It goes a little something like this: it’s about time this [insert invisible or underrepresented culture and community] received their due and own movie and I really want this movie to win.

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