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Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)

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Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)
Leonardo DiCaprio is in negotiations to star in Fox Searchlight’s “Nightmare Alley,” Guillermo del Toro’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning film “The Shape of Water.”

Del Toro will direct the pic and co-wrote the script with Kim Morgan. “Nightmare Alley” is being produced and financed by del Toro and J. Miles Dale with TSG Entertainment, with Fox Searchlight acquiring worldwide distribution rights to the film.

While there is a 1947 Fox pic, this film will be more based on the William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name. The 1947 movie starred Tyrone Power as an ambitious young con-man who teams up with a female psychiatrist who is even more corrupt than he is. At first, they enjoy success fleecing people with their mentalist act, but then she turns the tables on him, out-manipulating the manipulator.

The film shoots this fall as del Toro fills out the remaining roles.

After “The Shape of Water
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‘Shazam!’ Star Zachary Levi to Host 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards

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‘Shazam!’ Star Zachary Levi to Host 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards
“Shazam!” star Zachary Levi will be suiting up next for the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards in June.

Levi will emcee the award show on June 17 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Nominees will be announced in the coming weeks.

Fresh off DC Comics’ latest blockbuster, Levi is no stranger to superhero pics, having first appeared in “Thor: The Dark World” as the Asgardian hero Fandral. He also helped take home a SAG Award for the ensemble cast in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” in which he plays a new love interest for Rachel Brosnahan’s titular character in the second season. Previously, the actor was best known for portraying the reluctant CIA spy Chuck Bartowski on the NBC series “Chuck.”

Viewers might be treated to some musical numbers and performances as Levi is also a singer. In 2016, he earned a Tony nomination for best leading man in the Broadway production of “She Loves Me.
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Ben Affleck to Star in and Direct World War II Caper ‘Ghost Army’

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Ben Affleck to Star in and Direct World War II Caper ‘Ghost Army’
Ben Affleck will star in and direct the Universal Pictures caper “Ghost Army,” based on the book “The Ghost Army of World War II,” written by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles, as well as the documentary “Ghost Army.”

It’s unclear when the movie will go into production as it’s still in development and Affleck is expected to rework the screenplay. The latest script was written by Nic Pizzolatto (HBO’s “True Detective”), with an earlier draft by Henry Gayden (“Shazam!”).

The film tells the true story of a squadron of recruits from art schools, ad agencies and other creative businesses who were tasked with fooling the Nazis into thinking the U.S. had larger troop numbers than it actually did. The book follows a group of young GIs, including fashion designer Bill Blass, painter Ellsworth Kelly, artist Arthur Singer, photographer Art Kane, and others, who conduct a secret mission.
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James Wan, Gary Dauberman Tackling Stephen King's Vampire Tale 'Salem's Lot'

James Wan, Gary Dauberman Tackling Stephen King's Vampire Tale 'Salem's Lot'
Stephen King’s vampire novel Salem’s Lot is heading to the big screen.

James Wan and Gary Dauberman, the respective producer and writer collaborators behind many of the biggest hits of the Conjuring horror universe, are teaming to adapt the novel for New Line.

Dauberman will write the script and serve as executive producer. Wan will produce, along with Roy Lee and Mark Wolper.

Published in 1975, King’s book centers on an author who returns to his hometown in order to write about an abandoned mansion in the small town. As he discovers the home has been bought by ...
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‘Deadwood’ Creator David Milch Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s

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‘Deadwood’ Creator David Milch Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s
David Milch, the creator of “Deadwood,” revealed his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in an interview published Tuesday.

“As best I understand it, which is minimally, I have a deterioration in the organization of my brain,” Milch told Vulture. “And it’s progressive. And in some ways discouraging. In more than some ways — in every way I can think of.”

Beginning five years ago, people around him noticed instances of “imperfect recall and tardy recall and short temper,” Milch said. “I became more and more of an acquired taste.”

He also struggled with his writing process, which was characterized by “a generalized incertitude and a growing incapacity.” About a year ago, Milch finally underwent a brain scan and received the diagnosis.

Milch created the acclaimed HBO Western series “Deadwood,” which aired from 2004 to 2006. He also wrote “Deadwood: The Movie,” which is a continuation of the original series and will see most of the original cast return,
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J.R.R. Tolkien's Family Does "Not Endorse" Upcoming Fox Searchlight Biopic

J.R.R. Tolkien's Family Does
With less than a month to go before the release of Tolkien, Fox Searchlight's biopic starring Nicholas Hoult as the famed author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, the subject's family has said it does "not endorse" the movie. 

In a statement issued Tuesday, the J.R.R. Tolkien family and the Tolkien estate said they wished to "make clear that they did not approve of, authorize or participate in the making" of the film, which recounts the years of toil and imagination that gave the novelist the inspiration for his storytelling in ...
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‘The Good Fight’ Renewed for Season 4 at CBS All Access

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‘The Good Fight’ Renewed for Season 4 at CBS All Access
The Good Fight” has been renewed for a fourth season at CBS All Access, Variety has learned.

The legal drama, executive produced and run by Michelle King and Robert King, is currently streaming its third season on the Eye’s digital network.

The show “continues to be a flagship original series for the service,” said Julie McNamara, executive vice president of original content at CBS All Access. “Its visionary creators Robert and Michelle King and the extraordinary cast continue to explore the cultural climate with insight, humor and courage, and we can’t wait to see where these indelible characters go next.”

In the current third season, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) is trying to figure out whether one can resist a crazy administration without going crazy one’s self, while Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo) and Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald) struggle with “a new post-factual world where the lawyer who tells
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Terry Rawlings, Film Editor on 'Alien,' 'Blade Runner' and 'Chariots of Fire,' Dies

Terry Rawlings, Film Editor on 'Alien,' 'Blade Runner' and 'Chariots of Fire,' Dies
Terry Rawlings, who received an Oscar nomination for best picture winner Chariots of Fire and edited the Ridley Scott films Alien, Blade Runner and Legend, has died. He was 85 or 86.

Rawlings died Tuesday at his home in Hertfordshire, England, the Guild of British Film and Television Editors told The Hollywood Reporter.

The London native also cut Barbra Streisand's and David Fincher's directorial debuts on Yentl (1983) and Alien 3 (1992), respectively, and worked on Pierce Brosnan's first outing as James Bond with GoldenEye (1995).

His other work included Michael Winner's The Sentinel (1977) and Bullseye! (1990); Phillip Noyce's The Saint (1997); The ...
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‘Game of Thrones’ Episode 2 Posts Huge Rating, Dips from Season 8 Premiere

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‘Game of Thrones’ Episode 2 Posts Huge Rating, Dips from Season 8 Premiere
With 10.29 million viewers, the second episode of the final season of “Game of Thrones,” titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” is the fourth-largest episode in the history of the show in terms of linear audience, according to Nielsen’s preliminary figures.

This represents a dip of 12.5 percent from the premiere which drew 11.76 million in the same category. HBO has yet to release the multi-platform figures for the episode.

Only the final season premiere, the season seven finale (which garnered 12.07 million viewers), and the seventh episode of season seven (10.72 million) had more viewers that Sunday’s offering.

Across all platforms, the season 8 premiere drew 17.4 million viewers. Last Sunday also accounted for largest night of streaming activity ever for HBO, and the premiere was also the most-tweeted episode in “Thrones” history with more than 5 million tweets on the day it aired.
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Expected to Shatter Box Office Records

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Expected to Shatter Box Office Records
Avengers: Endgame” has its sights set on world domination.

Disney and Marvel’s upcoming superhero epic should light the box office on fire when it launches this weekend, with the hopes of setting domestic, international, and global records. In North America alone, “Avengers: Endgame” is expected to earn between $250 million and $268 million in its first three days of release. If it hits the higher part of that range it would qualify as the biggest domestic debut of all time, a distinction currently held by 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” the precursor to “Endgame,” which launched with $257.7 million.

Advance ticket sales have been sky high for “Endgame,” so box office watchers are confident the grand conclusion to the current phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be one for the record books. At the very least, the opening weekend of “Endgame” will position itself as one of the best launches ever. Disney
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'Avengers: Endgame' — First Reactions From the Premiere

'Avengers: Endgame' — First Reactions From the Premiere
Avengers: Endgame has finally been unveiled.

Monday night's premiere in downtown Los Angeles was the first time members of the public saw the Marvel Studios film, and the first reactions are coming in on Twitter.

The Hollywood Reporter has captured a snapshot of early responses to Avengers: Endgame, which is directed by the Russo Bros. and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Danai Gurira and Karen Gillan.

Endgame follows last year's Infinity War, which earned $2 billion at the global box office and saw the villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) destroy half ...
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Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Unveils Lineup

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Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Unveils Lineup
Robert Eggers’ anticipated “The Lighthouse” with Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, Luca Guadagnino’s medium-length film “The Staggering Girl” and Japanese helmer Takashi Miike’s “First Love” are set to unspool at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight under the new leadership of Paolo Moretti.

Described by Moretti as a “hypnotic two-hander” powered by Pattinson and Dafoe, “The Lighthouse” is a fantasy horror film set in a mysterious island in New England at the end of the 19th century. Eggers previously directed “The Witch.”

As with Cannes’ official selection, Directors’ Fortnight will showcase a wide range of genre movies. Besides “The Lighthouse,” the other anticipated genre films set for Directors’ Fortnight include Bertrand Bonello’s “Zombi Child,” about the Haitian Clairvius Narcisse, victim of a voodoo; Miike’s “First Love”; Babak Anvari’s “Wounds,” with Armie Hammer and Dakota Johnson; and Tunisian helmer Ala Eddine Slim’s “Tlamess.”

Moretti, who took over from
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Marisa Tomei Joins Pete Davidson in Judd Apatow Comedy (Exclusive)

Marisa Tomei Joins Pete Davidson in Judd Apatow Comedy (Exclusive)
Marisa Tomei, the Oscar winner who plays Aunt May in the current Spider-Man movies, will star opposite Pete Davidson in Universal’s untitled comedy being made by Judd Apatow.

Apatow will direct the feature, which is set to shoot this summer in New York City, and he also is producing with Barry Mendel, his collaborator on such comedies as Bridesmaids, This Is 40 and The Big Sick.

Universal’s senior executive vp production Erik Baiers will oversee for the studio.

Details on the logline are being kept under lock and key, but it is known to be a coming-of-age comedy set ...
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Doug Liman’s $100M ‘Chaos Walking’ Undergoes Reshoots After First Cut Deemed ‘Unreleasable’ — Report

Doug Liman’s $100M ‘Chaos Walking’ Undergoes Reshoots After First Cut Deemed ‘Unreleasable’ — Report
When Lionsgate picked up the distribution rights to Patrick Ness’ “Chaos Walking” trilogy in 2011, it seemed that the home of such blockbuster adaptations as “The Twilight Saga” and “The Hunger Games” was lining up their next Ya-leaning smash hit. That market has, of course, changed in the intervening years — by the time the fourth film in the Jennifer Lawrence-starring “Hunger Games” series ended, each film’s box office had declined precipitously from the previous film; Lionsgate and Summit didn’t even make a final film in the similar “Divergent” series — and few studios are attempting the same multi-film treatment that ruled the box office just a decade ago.

It didn’t help that with “Chaos Walking” the film went through a few iterations on its way to the big screen, the kind that would slow down any film, let alone one arriving a touch too late. Robert Zemeckis was
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Hannelore Elsner, German Film and TV Star, Dies at 76

Hannelore Elsner, German Film and TV Star, Dies at 76
Hannelore Elsner, a German actress who moved easily between art house cinema and mainstream television without losing her edge, or her army of local fans, has died. She was 76.

Matthias Prinz, a lawyer for the family, confirmed Elsner died peacefully on Sunday after a short and sudden illness.

While not well known outside continental Europe, Elsner was a major star in Germany, one of the country's most famous actors and a regular in both film and television. She was also one of the last great originals, a larger-than-life personality who seemed fearless in her choice of roles and ...
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reaps $83 Million in China by Early Afternoon of Opening Day

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reaps $83 Million in China by Early Afternoon of Opening Day
Avengers: Endgame” is already breaking records in China, raking in $83 million (RMB558 million) as of 2 p.m. on opening day Wednesday – two days ahead of the U.S. – and putting itself firmly on track to become the biggest Hollywood title ever in the Middle Kingdom.

The Marvel finale has already set a new all-time record for ticket pre-sales, selling more than $110 million ahead of its Tuesday night midnight opening to beat the previous record-holder, Chinese title “Monster Hunt 2,” which sold $59.6 million.

The Maoyan online ticketing platform estimates that “Endgame” will haul in a total of $521 million (RMB3.5 billion) over the course of its run. That would make it the top-performing foreign film ever and the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time in China, behind homegrown nationalistic epics “Wolf Warrior II” (RMB5.68 billion), “The Wandering Earth” (RMB4.66 billion), and “Operation Red Sea” (RMB3.65 billion).

The top-performing foreign film has so far
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Movistar+ Announces Ambitious Original Series ‘La Unidad’

Melilla, Spain — Spain’s pay TV leader Movistar+ has announced its newest original series, the anti-terrorist police drama-thriller series “La Unidad,” which started filming last week in the small autonomous Spanish community of Melilla, located on the Moroccan coast.

One of the biggest international plays to date for Movistar +, the pay TV/Svod unit of telecom Telefonica, “La Unidad” re-teams director Dani de la Torre and writer Alberto Marini (“Sleep Tight”), who found audience and international sales success with the 2015 Venice-selected “Retribution” (“El Desconicido”), which won Spanish Academy Goya Awards for new director, editing and sound, as well as six other nominations.
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‘The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash’

‘The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash’
Very much in the manner of an “unplugged” acoustic album that showcases the musicianship of a major artist without distracting flash and filigree, “The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash” is a tightly focused yet impressively multifaceted documentary that attempts nothing less than to delve past familiar myths and illuminate the soul of its fabled subject.

Director Thom Zimny, who took a similarly stripped-to-essentials approach to another immortal pop-culture icon in his widely acclaimed “Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” has fashioned, with the full cooperation of the Cash estate, a richly textured portrait infused with sympathetic but unvarnished honesty, one that likely will endure as necessary source material for any future biographer of the Man in Black.

The free-form narrative designed by Zimny and scripter Warren Zanes is anchored in the legendary 1968 concert Johnny Cash gave for inmates at California’s Folsom State Prison, an event that was recorded on a phenomenally popular live album,
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European Film Promotion Reveals 2019’s Producers on the Move

Twenty of Europe’s up-and-coming producers are going to Cannes with European Film Promotion. The organization unveiled its latest roster of Producers on the Move on Wednesday, a lineup that features France’s Gregoire Debailly, who produced Jean-Bernard Marlin’s “Sheherazade,” which premiered in Critics’ Week in Cannes last year, and Ireland’s Cormac Fox, who produced Sophie Hyde’s “Animals.”

Other names include “Borg vs. McEnroe” producer Jon Nohrstedt and, from the U.K., Emily Morgan, whose credits include the critically acclaimed “I Am Not a Witch.”

Efp has been putting selected enterprising producers in the spotlight for 20 years, a period in which 400 have featured. The European Union’s Creative Europe – Media Program backs the initiative, which sees the selected producers take part in networking and production-skewed events.

A trio of producers from previous editions will have films at Cannes this year: Germany’s Janine Jackowski with Corneliu Porumboiu’s “The Whistlers,
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Academy Board of Governors Changes Rules for 92nd Oscars — Without Spielberg

No more Spielberg vs. Netflix headlines. The filmmaker and Academy governor skipped this year’s annual rules meeting on April 23. He may have recognized that the possible rule change requiring a longer exclusive run would not fly. He’s changed his tune, it seems.

As expected, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to maintain the 2012 status quo for Rule Two, Eligibility for the 92nd Oscars. To be eligible for awards consideration, a film must have a minimum seven-day theatrical run in a Los Angeles County commercial theater, with at least three screenings per day for paid admission. Motion pictures released in nontheatrical media on or after the first day of their Los Angeles County theatrical qualifying run remain eligible.

“We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions,” stated Academy President John Bailey. “Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition,
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