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‘Goosebumps’ Sequel Sets Ensemble Cast

‘Goosebumps’ Sequel Sets Ensemble Cast
Sony Pictures has tapped Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien, Caleel Harris, and Jeremy Ray Taylor to star in “Goosebumps 2.”

Ari Sandel is developing the project, which is one of multiple iterations based on the dozens of books in the series that the studio is developing.

Neal H. Moritz of Original Film and Deborah Forte of Silvertongue Films are producing.

R.L. Stine’s book series has sold over 350 million copies worldwide and inspired the studio to make a movie following the books’ author, played by Jack Black, and what happens after his stories begin to become a reality in a small town. 2015’s “Goosebumps” went on to gross $150 million worldwide.

Plot details are currently unknown, but are expected to focus on iconic characters and storylines featured in the “Goosebumps” series.

Iseman already has ties to Sony, most recently appearing in the studio’s monster hit “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” She just wrapped filming “Feast of the Seven Fishes,” where
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Sam Rockwell to star beside Angelina Jolie in The One and Only Ivan

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Sam Rockwell to star beside Angelina Jolie in The One and Only Ivan
It sounds like George of Brad Peyton and Dwayne Johnson's Rampage isn't the only gorilla making plans of heading to the big screen, as it's just been announced that Sam Rockwell is joining the cast of The One And Only Ivan, a live-action/CG hybrid which centers on a silverback gorilla who lives in a mall. Having just been nominated for the best supporting actor Oscar... Read More...
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Boyd Holbrook reteaming with Netflix for In the Shadow of the Moon

Boyd Holbrook reteaming with Netflix for In the Shadow of the Moon
Narcos star Boyd Holbrook is set to reunite with Netflix, as Variety is reporting that the actor is set to headline the “genre-bending thriller” In the Shadow of the Moon, which is being directed by Jim Mickle (Hap and Leonard) from a script by Gregory Weidman and Geoff Tock.

“Gregory and Geoff’s script is such a great mind bender and beautifully weaves together all my favorite genres,” said Mickle. “Boyd is going to eat this role alive and show why he’s one of the best young actors working today. We’re lucky to have an incredibly talented producing team and a home like Netflix that’s excited to take chances. Any studio that makes Okja has a permanent place in my heart.”

“We are thrilled to be partnered with Netflix on In the Shadow of the Moon,” added producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. “Jim Mickle is a visionary director and
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New 'Flash' Directors Haven’t Begun Work Because Their Deal Isn’t Done

New 'Flash' Directors Haven’t Begun Work Because Their Deal Isn’t Done
It’s been over a month since it was first reported that Spider-Man: Homecoming screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were in talks to direct a solo movie about The Flash, but Wednesday night the two told The Hollywood Reporter that they still haven’t finalized a deal with Warner Bros.

“We’re still negotiating,” Daley said at the premiere of their latest directorial effort, Game Night, a comedy thriller starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams. “Deals are in the works right now.”

They insist that they haven’t started working on the script of the film, called Flashpoint, yet because “we have...
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'Black Panther' Looks to Become the Fourth Film to Deliver a $100M+ Second Weekend

'Black Panther' Looks to Become the Fourth Film to Deliver a $100M+ Second Weekend
After a record-smashing opening last weekend, Disney and Marvel's Black Panther enters its second weekend looking to become only the fourth film to ever top $100 million in its sophomore frame.

Meanwhile, a trio of new wide releases hope they don't get completely overshadowed as WB and New Line release the R-rated comedy Game Night, Paramount debuts the sci-fi thriller Annihilation and Orion debuts their first theatrical release since relaunching with the modestly budgeted Every Day.
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Flamin’ Hot Cheetos-Inspired Movie in Works From Fox Searchlight, DeVon Franklin (Exclusive)

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos-Inspired Movie in Works From Fox Searchlight, DeVon Franklin (Exclusive)
Fox Searchlight and DeVon Franklin are set to produce the film “Flamin’ Hot,” which will tell the true story of Richard Montanez, who rose from humble beginnings to a successful businessman when he created a food phenomenon — Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

Fox Searchlight nabbed the project in what was a highly competitive sale, with multiple studios vying for the project.

The film follows Montanez, the son of an immigrant, who grew up as a migrant farm worker picking grapes in the fields of Southern California before becoming a janitor at Frito-Lay. It was while working at the company that Montanez came up with the idea to create Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, transforming the Frito-Lay brand into a pop culture phenomenon and disrupting the entire food industry in the process. Now commonly referred to as the Godfather of Multicultural Marketing, it was that initial idea that would spark a billion-dollar brand and catapult him from janitor to elite corporate executive
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Joss Whedon Exits 'Batgirl' Movie (Exclusive)

Joss Whedon Exits 'Batgirl' Movie (Exclusive)
Joss Whedon is saying goodbye to DC Entertainment heroine Batgirl.

Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer among other pop culture touchstones, is exiting the Warner Bros. feature project which he was writing and slated to direct.

“Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story,” Whedon told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. Referring to DC president Geoff Johns and Warners Picture Group president Toby Emmerich, Whedon added, “I’m grateful to Geoff and Toby and everyone who was so...
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Chris Tucker Confirms Rush Hour 4

Chris Tucker Confirms Rush Hour 4
It’s the buddy cop franchise that keeps on giving as Chris Tucker confirms he and Jackie Chan will be back for Rush Hour 4.

Focusing on Tucker’s Detective James Carter and Chan’s Chief Inspector Lee as they meet from two different sides of the world, 1998’s Rush Hour became a surprise hit. Earning an impressive $244.4 million at the worldwide box office against a budget of just $33 million, it brought the boys back for two more installments and a big question mark hanging over a fourth movie.
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Tiffany Haddish Set to Host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

Tiffany Haddish Set to Host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards
Tiffany Haddish‘s worldwide takeover continues: The Girls Trip breakout has been tapped to host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, airing Monday, June 18 at 9/8c. Haddish made the big announcement early Thursday on Instagram:

Haddish was previously one of the stars of the gone-too-soon Carmichael Show. On the heels of Girls Trip‘s massive success, she returned to NBC last fall for her SNL hosting debut. This spring, she’ll star opposite Tracy Morgan in the TBS comedy The Last O.G.

Word of Haddish’s MTV gig comes just days after it was revealed that she’ll voice
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Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Tops ‘Avengers’ for Highest MCU Wednesday Gross

Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Tops ‘Avengers’ for Highest MCU Wednesday Gross
Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” has stayed powerful, taking in an impressive $14.5 million on Wednesday at 4,020 North American locations — the highest Wednesday gross for a Marvel Cinematic Universe title.

“Marvel’s The Avengers” took in $13.6 million on its first Wednesday in 2012. “Black Panther” has now grossed $277.5 million in its first days domestically.

Black Panther” will cross the $500 million mark in worldwide box office on Thursday. Disney will also cross $1 billion in global box office for 2018 to date after just 52 days, thanks to the one-two punch of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Black Panther.”

Wednesday’s international take was $14.5 million for a total of $213.6 million, led by the U.K. with $30.4 million and South Korea with $29.5 million. It already has a worldwide total of $462.3 million.

“Black Panther” is one of five films that opened with a $200 million domestic weekend (with $202 million), joining “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Jurassic World,” and “The Avengers
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J.J. Abrams Shares a Detail About 'Star Wars: Episode IX': There's a Script

J.J. Abrams Shares a Detail About 'Star Wars: Episode IX': There's a Script
With debates raging on so many decisions in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the writing of its sequel might seem like a daunting, almost neverending task. Imagine how much second-guessing can go into a Star Wars screenplay, given all the fan scrutiny that awaits, no matter what choices are made. Well, J.J. Abrams seems confident about the next chapter of the "Skywalker Saga," enough to go on a talk show and reveal that the script for the movie is finished.  "We have a script, which is a big deal for me," Abrams confirmed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night. "Having a script in advance is something I haven't always been lucky enough to have."  He goes on to say that he's "writing" with...
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Broad Green’s ‘Fight Before Christmas’ Santa Movie Revived by Tucker Tooley

Broad Green’s ‘Fight Before Christmas’ Santa Movie Revived by Tucker Tooley
Tucker Tooley has acquired the holiday comedy “The Fight Before Christmas” from the now-defunct Broad Green Pictures.

Tooley and Matt Alvarez (“Straight Outta Compton,” “Ride Along”) will produce the movie through Tooley Entertainment. Jason Barhydt of Tooley Entertainment will executive produce.

Karen McCullah (“Legally Blonde”) will pen the script. The pic is targeting a fall production start date.

“The Fight Before Christmas” follows Mrs. Claus, who feels unappreciated after 700 years of marriage. She leaves Santa in mid-December, forcing him to win her back in time to save Christmas. Brian Burns had set the project up in 2016 at Broad Green, which folded its production division in August.

McCullah’s comedy credits include “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Ella Enchanted,” “She’s the Man,” “The House Bunny,” and “The Ugly Truth.” She also did uncredited work on last year’s hit “Girls Trip.”

“Karen has a strong talent for creating hit comedies that attract a vast audience,” Tooley
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Jodie Foster Futuristic Thriller ‘Hotel Artemis’ Gets Distribution From Global Road Entertainment

Jodie Foster Futuristic Thriller ‘Hotel Artemis’ Gets Distribution From Global Road Entertainment
Global Road Entertainment has acquired the North American distribution rights to Jodie Foster’s futuristic thriller “Hotel Artemis.”

Described as a kinetic, stylish action-thriller, Drew Pearce’s directorial debut features an ensemble cast of Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day and Dave Bautista.

Plot points are being kept strictly under wraps, but Foster is set to play a character called “The Nurse” who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals in futuristic, riot-torn L.A.
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Eldorado’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Eldorado’
Two years after Gianfranco Rosi’s “Fire at Sea” won the Golden Bear at Berlin, the European migrant crisis remains the most prominent topic in the continent’s non-fiction cinema, yielding some essential films and other sketchier, more opportunistic ones. In the sincerely felt “Eldorado,” veteran Swiss filmmaker Markus Imhoof easily staves off “just another refugee doc” shrugs with the unusual personal scope of his study, as he draws a parallel between the current crisis and his own first-hand recollection of human displacement across unwelcoming European borders in the Second World War. It’s a fresh perspective that makes its political point with understated anger, though the twin histories of Imhoof’s film aren’t that fluidly integrated: There could be a whole feature in the director’s affecting childhood memoir, and its telling feels a bit cramped beside the film’s more expansive contemporary material.

Structural flaws notwithstanding, “Eldorado’s” honest power and approachable form — if
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Museum’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Museum’
Made of dazzle and wit and melancholy, Alonso Ruizpalacios’ fabulously entertaining “Museum” is loosely inspired by the tale of Mexico’s most infamous museum heist: the theft of 140 Mayan and Mesoamerican objects of inestimable value from the National Museum of Anthropology on Christmas Eve, 1985. In just his second feature after 2014’s cheekily stylish “Güeros,” Ruizpalacios spins an irresistibly inventive and unusually intelligent tall tale from this kernel of truth. All the mischief, however, is precisely counterbalanced by a deep affection for his funny, flawed (largely fictional) characters and shot through with a surprisingly biting assessment of the compromised nature of the museum trade: Who’s a thief if everything was stolen anyway? If you’re going to pick history’s pocket to tell a shaggy-dog story of distant fathers, weak sons and friendship so steadfast it can withstand even the bad weather of one’s worst ideas, you better do it with movements this deft and fingers
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Why The Post should win the 2018 best picture Oscar

Ahead of the Academy Awards, Jonathan Freedland celebrates Steven Spielberg’s timely tale of press freedom

For a man who is the world’s most successful film-maker, Steven Spielberg has a remarkably thin record at the Oscars. Of course, this points to the perennial Spielberg debate: is his accomplishment chiefly commercial, measured in box-office receipts, rather than artistic? Are his films bankable and crowdpleasing rather than great? Among those who take the former view, the fact that a director first nominated by the Academy 40 years ago – for Close Encounters of the Third Kind – has only won the best picture prize once (for Schindler’s List), is a critical piece of evidence. Sure, he has been nominated often and been named best director twice (for Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan), but in a career as long and lucrative as his, those look like relatively slim pickings.

In truth, that
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Feng Xiaogang’s 'Youth' heads winners at Asian Brilliant Stars

Feng Xiaogang’s 'Youth' heads winners at Asian Brilliant Stars
Period drama wins Special Jury, Screenwriter and New Talent prizes.

Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s Youth was the big winner at the 2nd Asian Brilliant Stars Awards in Berlin, scooping the Special Jury Award and two other prizes.

The hit period drama, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival last year, was also awarded best screenwriter for Yan Geling’s script, and the Asian New Talent award, which went to actress Zhong Chuxi.

Israeli filmmaker Samuel Maoz was awarded best director for Foxtrot, which won the Grand Jury Prize in Venice last year.

Best actress went to Thailand’s Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying for her role in Bad Genius, a hit drama about an exam cheating scam, while Taiwan’s Chang Chen won best actor for Chinese martial arts drama Brotherhood Of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield.

Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yang was awarded best producer for Paths Of The Soul, which he wrote, directed and produced
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Netflix to release Berlin premiere 'Sunday's Illness' outside of Spain (exclusive)

Netflix to release Berlin premiere 'Sunday's Illness' outside of Spain (exclusive)
Film will receive a theatrical release in Spain before going on the VoD platform.

Ramón Salazar’s Sunday’s Illness (La Enfermedad Del Domingo), which had its world premiere at Berlin Film Festival on Tuesday (Feb 20), will be released on Netflix following its theatrical release in Spain.

Netflix initially became involved in the project at a script stage and has now taken world rights. Caramel Films is handling the Spanish distribution and the film is in cinemas from today (Feb 23). It will be available on the Netflix platform globally from June.

There is the potential for the film to travel to further festivals, with a release plan still being ironed out, but there won’t be the possibility for further theatrical distribution outside of Spain.

Sunday’s Illness was produced by Francisco Ramos, who separately is now working with Netflix to develop in-house projects.

The film stars Bárbara Lennie and Susi Sánchez in the story of a woman
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Touch Me Not’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Touch Me Not’
If anyone is shocked by “Touch Me Not,” they’re not getting the point. In her long-gestating first feature, Adina Pintilie uses bodies of all types to explore the boundaries of intimacy and challenge notions of beauty, which clearly wouldn’t be possible without a significant display of naked flesh. Whether she’s achieved that goal, however, will very much depend on the individual, as “Touch” is a divisive film that aims to address more issues than it can persuasively handle. Seamlessly blending fiction with reality, Pintilie invents a story about an Englishwoman grappling with intimacy issues and weaves in real people guiding her toward being comfortable with her body and the bodies of others.

At its core, the film surprisingly succeeds in nudging audiences to reassess what is and isn’t attractive, but that’s because the personality of Christian Bayerlein, a man crippled with spinal muscular atrophy, brings the viewer beyond how we perceive beauty
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Film Review: ‘Survivors Guide to Prison’

Film Review: ‘Survivors Guide to Prison’
If ever a proselytizing documentary could be described as assaultive, “Survivors Guide to Prison” might sport that label as a badge of honor. Filmmaker Matthew Cooke (“How to Make Money Selling Drugs”) launches a frenetic barrage of facts and figures, cautionary tutorials, and worst-case scenarios, in the manner of someone wielding blunt instruments to strike illuminative sparks.

His outrage likely will prove highly contagious for audiences exposed to his free-wheeling critique of the U.S. criminal justice system, which starts out as a series of practical warnings to anyone (of any racial or ethnic background) maneuvering through close encounters with zealous cops and aggressive prosecutors — the useful advice includes admonitions to be polite and, if possible, shut the hell up — and gradually expands in scope to question the need to incarcerate so many people in a supposedly free society.

Danny Trejo, Ice T, Danny Glover, and Busta Rhymes are among the notables who hit all the right
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