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James Mangold to Write and Direct ‘Boba Fett’ for Lucasfilm

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James Mangold to Write and Direct ‘Boba Fett’ for Lucasfilm
James Mangold is set to write and direct a “Star Wars” standalone movie based on popular bounty hunter “Boba Fett,” according to a report by the Hollywood Reporter.

Stephen Daldry is also in talks to direct an “Obi Wan” movie, although no writers are working on a script.

Boba Fett is a Mandalorian warrior who was trained by his father-figure Jango Fett and became a notorious bounty hunter throughout the galaxy. His travels led him to work for the Empire, collaborate with Darth Vader and take assignments from figures such as Jabba the Hutt, for whom he once captured Han Solo.

The beloved character was primarily played by English actor Jeremy Bulloch in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”

Writer-producer Simon Kinberg has been closely involved in the creative process for the “Boba Fett” movie,
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Dee Rees Reteams With Netflix for Anne Hathaway-Starrer ‘Last Thing He Wanted’

Dee Rees Reteams With Netflix for Anne Hathaway-Starrer ‘Last Thing He Wanted’
Netflix has picked up the worldwide rights to the thriller “The Last Thing He Wanted,” based on the Joan Didion novel.

Anne Hathaway will star in and Dee Rees will direct, produce, and co-write the movie.

Hathaway will portray the hardscrabble journalist Elena McMahon, who finds herself on dangerous ground as the Iran-Contra Affair’s arms for drugs plot reaches its tipping point. The film is set to begin shooting this summer.

Bloom introduced the project to buyers at the Berlin Film Festival in February. Rees, the director of Netflix’s “Mudbound,” is co-writing the script with Marco Villalobos. “Mudbound” producer Cassian Elwes is also producing “The Last Thing He Wanted.” Jamin O’Brien, Wayne Godfrey, and Robert Jones are executive producing.

Didion’s novel, published in 1996, was set in 1984. It followed McMahon as she left her job as a reporter for The Washington Post, where she covered presidential primaries,
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Box Office: 'Incredibles 2' Tracking for Heroic $140M-Plus Debut

Box Office: 'Incredibles 2' Tracking for Heroic $140M-Plus Debut
Disney and Pixar's The Incredibles 2 is tracking for a huge box-office debut of $140 million-plus in North America, according to early tracking.

The animated film opens in theaters on June 15, nearly 14 years after The Incredibles hit the big screen and turned into an instant classic.

Incredibles 2 is directed by Brad Bird, who also wrote and helmed the first film. Along with Bird, Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson and John Ratzenberger reprise their roles. New additions to the voice cast include Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush and Isabella Rossellini.

The story follows the Parr brood ...
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Donald Glover Wants the Lando Movie to be ‘Frasier in Space’

Donald Glover Wants the Lando Movie to be ‘Frasier in Space’
Everybody wants a Lando movie to happen, especially now that polymath Donald Glover is playing the character in Solo: A Star Wars Story. And it turns out, Donald Glover has an idea for a Lando movie himself, and it’s not what you’d expect – if Glover has his way, the Lando standalone film will be like Frasier in space The moment […]

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Weinstein surrenders over sexual misconduct charges

Disgraced movie producer hands himself in to New York police over Lucia Evans claims

The disgraced Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein has surrendered to authorities in New York to face charges of sexual misconduct.

Weinstein arrived at a New York police precinct in Manhattan, where he was expected to face charges involving at least one of the women who have accused him of sexual assault, Lucia Evans.
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The Morning Watch: A ‘Stranger Things’ Reunion, ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Lego Trailer & More

The Morning Watch: A ‘Stranger Things’ Reunion, ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Lego Trailer & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, a couple stars from the second season of […]

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Harvey Weinstein hands himself in over sexual misconduct charges - video

Hollywood film producer arrives at a New York police precinct in Manhattan where he is expected to face charges involving at least one of the women who have accused him of sexual assault, Lucia Evans. It is the first criminal case to be brought against Weinstein since the revelations about him erupted last October and sparked the #MeToo movement

Harvey Weinstein surrenders over sexual misconduct charges
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Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself in to NYPD to Face Sexual Assault Charges

Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself in to NYPD to Face Sexual Assault Charges
Harvey Weinstein has surrendered to police and is set to face charges of sexually assaulting two women: a former actress named Lucia Evans and another unidentified victim. Variety reports that the disgraced mogul arrived around 7:30 am Et at the downtown NYC police precinct, which was surrounded by reporters. Bond is expected to be set at $2 million, CNN reports. The news organization also reports that sources close to the prosecution say that the charges delivered to Weinstein later in court today will include “first- and third-degree rape in one case and a first-degree sex act in a second case.”

Since fall, more than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. The Weinstein Company has since gone into bankruptcy, and other investigations into his behavior are open in Los Angeles and London. Since the slew of accusations followed two bombshell reports from The New Yorker and The New York Times in October,
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Harvey Weinstein Surrenders to Police in New York

Harvey Weinstein Surrenders to Police in New York
Disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein surrendered to police Friday morning following allegations of rape and sexual assault, deepening the downfall of a producer whose taste and bullying persona once defined independent film.

Weinstein, 66, wearing a dark jacket and clutching a few books, turned himself in to police in downtown New York shortly before 7:30 a.m., at a precinct besieged by reporters and news cameras. Manhattan prosecutors are expected to charge Weinstein later Friday with sexually assaulting two women: former actress Lucia Evans, and another alleged victim who has not yet been identified.

Weinstein’s bond is expected to be set at $2 million, according to CNN. The New York Times reported earlier that the former producer would be forced to turn in his passport and to wear a monitoring device.

News crews arrived at dawn Friday at the New York Police Department’s first precinct in Tribeca to capture the arrival
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Abduction, imprisonment, Taliban: the new cartoons adults ought to watch

With a long production process allowing real voices to be heard and broad portrayals making it relatable, The Breadwinner proves that kids’ films can appropriately handle conflict

When Nora Twomey first showed her new film to audiences, the reaction was surprising. The Breadwinner is a children’s animation about an 11-year-old girl named Parvana growing up in Afghanistan under the Taliban. It contains harrowing scenes of abduction, imprisonment, execution, warfare, and brutal repression of women. Twomey discovered that it was the adults who were most upset. Teachers and parents in the audience found it almost too emotional; younger viewers, less so.

“Oftentimes adults can get really traumatised thinking about what children are experiencing watching a film but the actual experience can be something completely different,” says Twomey. “If you have a child protagonist in a film, the children in the audience take their cue from them. If the child in
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Harvey Weinstein Surrenders To NYPD, Faces Sex Crimes Charges

As expected, Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to the New York Police Department at the First Precinct in Tribeca this morning to be arrested and face criminal charges stemming from multiple sexual assault allegations. Facing potentially years behind bars, sources say Weinstein is likely looking at first degree and third degree rape charges and a first degree criminal sexual act charge from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Weinstein arrived amid a throng of…
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Imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov 12 days into hunger strike

Imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov 12 days into hunger strike
Agnieszka Holland and Wim Wenders issue call for Sentsov’s release.

Fresh calls have been made by figures including Agnieszka Holland and Wim Wenders for the release of Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian filmmaker who is serving a 20-year term in a Russian jail for alleged “terrorist activities”.

Sentsov has been on hunger strike since May 14, protesting both his incarceration and that of 64 Ukrainian political prisoners currently held in Russia. He was originally arrested in May 2014 and sentenced by a military court to 20 years in prison.

A new statement sent out by Holland and Wenders via the European Film Academy said
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McKellen: Playing the Part review – engaging portrait of a wizard Shakespearean actor

Joe Stephenson’s documentary charts the theatrical knight’s route from classical stage roles to starring in The Lord of the Rings

In an outtake over the credits, Ian McKellen jokes that this documentary about his life, career and Lgbt activism is a bit of an obituary. As it happens he’s already sorted out his funeral. “Well,” he says, with a waggle of one of those owlish eyebrows, “I had an evening to spare … the most enjoyable evening.”

I can’t think of anyone I’d rather spend 90 minutes listening to than the subject of Joe Stephenson’s film. The format is simple: an audience with Sir Ian beefed up by archive footage and dramatised scenes of his childhood (beautifully acted by 15-year-old Milo Parker). McKellen occasionally slips into the part of twinkly super-cool gay uncle that he tends to play in interviews these days. But mostly he’s thoughtful and self-reflective.
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Boba Fett Star Wars movie in the works

Logan director James Mangold will helm the long-gestating origins story, which will become the third Star Wars ‘anthology’ film after Rogue One and Solo

A long-rumoured Star Wars standalone movie featuring the bounty hunter Boba Fett looks likely to go into production, after reports that Logan director James Mangold has been hired to take on the project.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mangold will join writer-producer Simon Kinberg, who also worked on Logan, on Boba Fett. Mangold will co-write the film with Kinberg as well as direct; Kinberg is also on board as producer. The release date is expected to be 2020.
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Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police in New York

Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police in New York
Development comes as pressure mounts on authorities to bring charges.

Harvey Weinstein has surrendered to authorities at a New York police station and is expected to face sexual assault charges later today (25 May).

He entered the 1st Precinct stationhouse in Manhattan at around 7:30am eastern time, and will be taken to Manhattan Criminal Court for the formal presentation of charges.

According to reports he will be released on $1 million bail and be required to wear an ankle monitor.

The disgraced former Hollywood mogul has been under investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and the New York Police Department for alleged sexual impropriety.
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Peter Haber joins 'Britt-Marie Was Here' as shoot gets underway

Peter Haber joins 'Britt-Marie Was Here' as shoot gets underway
Haber plays the husband of Pernilla August’s character Britt-Marie.

Peter Haber has joined the cast of Tuva Novotny’s Britt-Marie Was Here, which has now started shooting in Goteborg, Sweden.

Haber plays the husband of Britt-Marie, who as previously reported is played by Pernilla August. Other new cast members joining the production are Anders Mossling (The Bridge), Malin Levanon (Drifters) and Vera Vitali (Arne Dahl - Misterioso).

The Sf Studios production is adapted from another bestselling novel from Fredrick Backman, the author of A Man Called Ove.

The drama/comedy is about a 63-year-old woman who leaves her husband
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Unseen on screen: the secret movie cameos you might not know about

Deadpool 2 and Black Panther’s hidden big star cameos join a long history of films with some A-list tricks up their sleeves

That wily Deadpool always has a few tricks up his sleeve. The madcap mercenary returned in his sequel vehicle last week, and with a few unexpected friends in tow: both Matt Damon and Brad Pitt made cameo appearances in the film, though a viewer would be forgiven for having missed them. Pitt appeared for all of eight seconds as the vanishing Vanisher, and Damon was unrecognizable under a mound of facial prosthetics and makeup for his role as an obese country boy. Known to wrap in-jokes around other in-jokes then baked into a third in-joke, Deadpool has made a stock and trade out of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it gags such as these. This comes in the wake of the revelation that Black Panther included such an Easter egg as well,
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James Norton on ‘Gareth Jones,’ Working with Agnieszka Holland and Lessons from History (Exclusive)

Filming is just about to wrap on “Gareth Jones,” Agnieszka Holland’s latest film, about the intrepid Welsh journalist of the title and his efforts to report on the Holodomor, a manmade famine in 1930s Soviet Ukraine. “War & Peace,” and “McMafia” star James Norton plays Jones, and the cast includes Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”) and Joseph Mawles (“Game of Thrones”). Norton spoke to Variety about working with Holland, the modern resonance of the story, and the recurring Russian themes in his work.

What was your gut feeling when you heard about “Gareth Jones”?

My initial reaction was intrigue and surprise that I hadn’t heard of this guy before. What I love about these kind of jobs, and acting in general, I guess, is that they always give you an opportunity and a reason to embark on a mini-research trip. In my history classes we definitely did the Holocaust,
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Cannes Critics' Week title 'Our Struggles' sells to new territories (exclusive)

Deals include China, Italy and Brazil.

Belgian-based Be For Films has sealed further deals on Guillaume Senez’s Our Struggles, which played at this year’s Cannes Critics’ Week.

New territories sold are Switzerland (Cineworx), Canada (Axia Films), Greece (One From The Heart), Poland (Vivarto), China (Wing Sight Culture & Media), Brazil (Vitrine Filmes), Sweden (Lucky Dogs) and Italy (Parthenos).

These are in addition to previous deals for Benelux (Cineart) and France (Haut & Court), with discussions ongoing for further territories.

Our Struggles premiered on May 13 in Cannes. It stars Romain Duris as factory worker Olivier, who struggles to balance his responsibilities
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This Is Congo review – distressing story of a humanitarian crisis

Daniel McCabe’s potted documentary about the Drc takes in colonial history, independence and its dire modern struggles. It’s a difficult, necessary watch

Photographer-turned-filmmaker Daniel McCabe’s This Is Congo feels like the documentary equivalent of a long read about the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The film’s potted history in 92 minutes will no doubt frustrate experts as superficial. But here’s a necessary reminder of a conflict that has gone on for so long that the world seems to have disengaged and moved on to other war zones.

McCabe interviews two soldiers; one of them a high-ranking officer, the other a charismatic young colonel who boasts that his soldiers have been trained in human rights. (Earlier in the film we watch a few of them beat a man with a belt). Bibianne, known to everyone as Mama Romance, is a single mother who
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