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Wes Anderson’s Next Film Will Be Set In Post-WWII France

Wes Anderson’s Next Film Will Be Set In Post-WWII France
Wes Anderson films are truly a genre all their own. His filmography is full of wildly eclectic, and yes, whimsical films that range from stop-motion animated films like “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Isle of Dogs” to eccentric family dramas like “The Royal Tenenbaums.” While they all share a similar style and tone, Anderson’s films are definitely very different. And it looks like his next film is going to fit that mold, as well.
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‘Designing Women’ Reboot in the Works at Sony

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‘Designing Women’ Reboot in the Works at Sony
Sony has yet another reboot in the works. The television studio is developing an update of the ’90s sitcom “Designing Women,” according to TVLine.

The show’s original creator, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, is attached to lead the reboot.

Designing Women” ran for seven seasons on CBS, before concluding on May 24, 1993, sharing a night with “Murphy Brown.” You know, that other classic comedy about to return to the network.

The series centers around the fictional design firm Sugarbaker and Associates, a witty bully pulpit for caustic social and political humor. The founder of the company is Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter), a sharp-tongued but elegant and surprisingly compassionate woman. Her younger sister, Suzanne (Delta Burke), is a former beauty queen who is long on charm but a bit slow on the uptake. Their associates are Mary Jo Shively (Annie Potts), a recent divorcee,
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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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Joel Kinnaman, Sarah Jones & Michael Dorman To Star In Ron Moore’s Apple Space Series

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Joel Kinnaman, Sarah Jones & Michael Dorman To Star In Ron Moore’s Apple Space Series
Exclusive: Former The Killing and Altered Carbon star Joel Kinnaman, Patriot star Michael Dorman and Damnation co-star Sarah Jones have been tapped as the leads in Apple’s upcoming space drama series from Battlestar Galactica‘s and Outlander‘s Ronald D. Moore.

Dorman has played the lead on the Amazon Studios’ quirky genre-bending spy drama series Patriot whose second season was ordered 16 months ago but is yet to air. Because of the delay, Dorman was able to book a new series. I hear Amazon will likely not make a formal renewal decision on Patriot until Season 2 is released and should they opt to do another season, they will have to work around Dorman’s schedule on the Apple series.

Kinnamon, who played the lead, Takeshi Kovacs, on the first season of Netflix’s Altered Carbon, was recently tapped to star on the upcoming Amazon drama series Hanna in what is currently a one-year deal.
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Casts Its Spock

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Casts Its Spock
Ethan Peck is about to boldly go where Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto have gone before.

A veteran TV actor, Peck has been cast to play the iconic Starfleet officer Spock in season two of CBS All Access drama “Star Trek: Discovery.” Executive producer Alex Kurtzman confirmed at Comic-Con in July that Spock, one of the best-loved characters in the “Star Trek” franchise and in all of science fiction, would appear in season two of “Discovery.” Set to premiere in 2019, the new season, which takes place years before the original “Star Trek” television series, will feature an encounter between the USS Discovery and the USS Enterprise.

The child of a human mother and an alien father from the planet Vulcan, Spock serves aboard the Enterprise and is foster brother to Discovery’s second officer Michael Burnham.

Spock was created in the original “Star Trek” series by Nimoy, who also portrayed
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‘Castle Rock’ Renewed for Season 2, Hulu Boss Talks Expanding Stephen King Universe

‘Castle Rock’ Renewed for Season 2, Hulu Boss Talks Expanding Stephen King Universe
Hulu has renewed “Castle Rock” for a second season.

The anthology drama will return with a “wholly original” story in its second year, the streamer’s senior vice president and head of content Craig Erwich tells Variety.

“It was a deeply original idea from two of the world’s greatest storytellers, and it was centered around something that’s been beloved and familiar to many of Stephen King’s legion of fans, which is the town of Castle Rock. So expectations were high to begin with, but it exceeded them,” he says. “The reaction from the variety of audiences has
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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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‘3%’ Producer Boutique Filmes, Warner Channel Brasil Team for ‘Love Me Not’ (Exclusive)

The producer of hit Netflix original series “3%,” Sao Paulo’s Boutique Filmes, is teaming with Warner Channel Brasil to produce half-hour “Mal Me Quer” (Love Me Not), Warner Bros.’ first comedy original in Brazil.

Co-produced and to be aired by Warner Channel Brasil, “Love Me Not” went into production Aug. 14 in Brazil. “3%” producer Tiago Mello will executive produce for Boutique Filmes.

Success in such a large TV market as Brazil is vital for any domestic TV series. But as Brazilian series score on Netflix, and win prizes at Cannes, such as a Mip Drama Screening’s Grand Jury Prize for Globo’s “Jailers,” the ambitions of Boutique Filmes and Warner Channel, who co-own overseas rights, run beyond the domestic TV scene. Boutiques Filmes’ Tiago Mello, “3%” producer and executive producer on “Love Me Not” will attend Mipcom to explore format remakes.

That ambition goes with a series set in Brazil’s
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Toronto-Bound ‘Transit’ Picked Up for U.S. by Music Box Films (Exclusive)

Music Box Films has acquired U.S. rights to Christian Petzold’s “Transit,” which world-premiered in competition at Berlin and is set to play at the Toronto and New York film festivals.

“Transit,” which stars Franz Rogowski (“In the Aisles”) and Paula Beer (“Frantz”), was adapted from Anna Seghers’ World War II novel of the same name. An examination of modern France, it takes place in Marseilles just after the German invasion and follows Georg, a German refugee who takes on the identity of a recently deceased author, Weidel. Variety called it a film of “piercing emotional acuity.”

A well-established German filmmaker, Petzold also directed “Barbara,” which won the Berlinale’s Silver Bear in 2012; “Phoenix,” which won the Fipresci Prize at San Sebastian; and “Yella.”

“We are great admirers of Christian’s films, and are thrilled to finally be working with him,” said Music Box Films President William Schopf, who
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Sheffield Doc/Fest Director Elizabeth McIntyre to Exit

Sheffield Doc/Fest announced Wednesday that Elizabeth McIntyre is stepping down from her role as CEO and festival director after three years in the post. The world-renowned documentary festival celebrated its 25th anniversary edition in June.

Alex Graham, chair of Sheffield Doc/Fest, said McIntyre was leaving the festival “in great shape.” The festival will begin its search for a new director in September. The new appointee will oversee the 2019 edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest, which will run from June 6 to 11.

“I am immensely proud of what Liz has achieved these last three years,” said Graham. “Her professionalism and vision have created a fertile environment for her talented senior team to deliver increasingly pioneering and compelling festival programs, widely celebrated by both industry and public audiences.”

The festival, which began in 1994 with 42 films screened over just two days, has grown into the U.K.’s leading and an internationally recognized documentary festival.
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Sheffield Doc/Fest Director Stepping Down

Elizabeth McIntyre is leaving her role as CEO and director of the Sheffield Doc/Fest, positions she has held for three years.

Under her tenure, the celebrated British documentary event has added several new initiatives for budding filmmakers and expanded its audience, this year's festival seeing ticket sales up 16 percent from 2017. 

"I am immensely proud of what Liz has achieved these last three years," said Doc/Fest chair Alex Graham. "Her professionalism and vision have created a fertile environment for her talented senior team to deliver increasingly pioneering and compelling festival programmes, widely celebrated by ...
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Jim Jefferies: Trump Era Is a ‘Sexual Slavery Pizza/Baseball Dugout, in Our Minds’ (Video)

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Jim Jefferies: Trump Era Is a ‘Sexual Slavery Pizza/Baseball Dugout, in Our Minds’ (Video)
Tuesday on “The Jim Jefferies Show,” an exasperated Jefferies said the experience of living in the Trump era is like having the crazed logic of “#Pizzagate” being imposed on real life.

“In a way, we’re all trapped in a sexual slavery pizza/baseball dugout, in our minds,” Jefferies joked.

The comment came after Jefferies examined what he called “a new kind of emotion,” inspired by Donald Trump: “But… Wait… He can’t… F–k you… Oh well, what can you do?”

Also Read: Roseanne Champions Trump for Saving 'Children Held in Bondage' But Offers No Proof

To illustrate, Jefferies looked at recent news items, like the California wildfires Trump blamed on environmental protection laws. He also brought up the report that the Epa is considering relaxing restrictions on asbestos. Jefferies then played a 2005 clip in which Trump claimed asbestos could have prevented the 911 attacks from succeeding.

After that, Jeffires
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26 Movies in the Pipeline from Indonesia for Wattpad and Iflix

Streaming video service, iflix has teamed with Canadian online entertainment platform Wattpad. Together they plan to produce “dozens of original movies” in Indonesia over the next year.

The stories will be selected from the 6 million pieces of Indonesian content uploaded to Wattpad. The companies say that machine learning will guide the selection process.

Aggregate production budgets were not disclosed and multiple funding components are involved. Iflix and Wattpad have so far identified 26 project for production. Leading Indonesian production firm Screenplay is expected to commit to co-fund and co-produce at least 15 of them. Other titles are likely to find homes with other Indonesian producers, and be announced in the coming weeks.

The finished films will play on iflix’s free tier, and across all the countries in its footprint. Depending on the deals with Screenplay and the other local producers, some of the titles may be given limited theatrical releases in Indonesia.
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Alex Jones Suspended for Seven Days by Twitter

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On Tuesday, “Infowars” host Alex Jones was given a limited, seven-day suspension by Twitter over content Twitter says violated its terms of service.

Multiple reports said the suspension was over a video, posted to Twitter-owned Periscope earlier Tuesday, in which Jones told viewers to get “battle rifles” in order to oppose Antifa. Media Matters captured a portion of the video, which Jones has since removed.

Twitter did not issue a statement publicly about the action, but CNN, The Washington Post and New York Times reported that Twitter representatives confirmed the suspension occurred.

Also Read: Vimeo Boots Alex Jones for 'Discriminatory and Hateful Content'

Jones’ account was not removed from Twitter and as of this writing is still fully accessible to anyone he hasn’t blocked. Instead, his account’s functionality has been restricted. While he will be able to send direct messages, he will not be able to post tweets,
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Iflix, Wattpad to Produce "Dozens of Original Movies" for Indonesia

Streaming video service iflix has inked a deal with Canadian storytelling platform Wattpad to co-produce a large slate of original films for Indonesia, where both companies have a strong user base.

The new partners said in a statement Wednesday that they plan to "co-produce dozens of original movies" over the next year. The films will be developed from Indonesian stories published on Wattpad's service. The companies say they will use machine learning to identify the stories and trends with the most potential for adaptation.

Launched in May 2015, iflix is known as a market leader in the video ...
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Film Review: ‘Alpha’

“Alpha,” a spectacular prehistoric eye-candy survival yarn, is enthralling in a square and slightly stolid way. It’s the tale of a young hunter stranded in the wilderness, who proves his manhood and becomes best friends with a wolf, and it’s like a Disney adventure fueled by a higher octane of visual dazzle, with a gnarly texture wrought from elements like blood, excrement, and maggots. The director, Albert Hughes, made his name along with his brother Allen co-directing such landmark films as “Menace II Society” (1993) and the supremely underrated Jack the Ripper thriller “From Hell” (2001), and on his own he proves to be a seductive if highly traditional craftsman who knows how to sculpt a drama of the primal human spirit out of sweeping images: a herd of mastodons, a billowing volcano, a racing warthog, sun and wind and ice and plunging cliffs.

Hughes is artful enough not to
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5 Things We Learned About Tituss Burgess From His Q&A With Tina Fey

5 Things We Learned About Tituss Burgess From His Q&A With Tina Fey
“Sunday in the Park with George” changed everything for Tituss Burgess as a kid growing up in Athens, Ga.

Watching a PBS telecast of the famed Stephen Sondheim musical at the age of eight sent Burgess on a path to pursue a career in theater, the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star told his boss, “Unbreakable” co-creator and showrunner Tina Fey, during an Fyc screening and Q&A held Tuesday night at Manhattan’s Whitby Hotel.

“I didn’t know what the hell I was watching but I knew what I was watching,” Burgess told Fey. “I could feel that. I want to do that.
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