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Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star Opposite Will Smith in 'Gemini Man' (Exclusive)

Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star Opposite Will Smith in 'Gemini Man' (Exclusive)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has nabbed the female lead in Gemini Man, the Will Smith action thriller that Ang Lee is directing.

Skydance and Paramount are behind the project, which is eyeing a February start.

The project sees Smith playing two opposing roles: one of Henry, an aging assassin who wants to get out of the business, and that of his ultimate opponent, a clone who is 25 years younger and at the peak of his abilities that has been tasked to kill him.

Winstead, who beat out Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany for the role, will play an operative who...
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Jason Statham Developing Action Film With STX, China's Tencent Pictures (Exclusive)

Jason Statham Developing Action Film With STX, China's Tencent Pictures (Exclusive)
Jason Statham has signed a deal with STX Entertainment and Tencent Pictures, the fast-growing film arm of Chinese internet giant Tencent, to co-develop an action film targeting the Chinese film market, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

Statham will produce and star in the project, which is expected to be set up as an official China co-production. Details of the film's story and concept are still under development.

The deal is an extension of Statham's ongoing courtship of the growing Chinese film market. The actor, 50, is one of Hollywood's most familiar faces in the Middle Kingdom, thanks to the...
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Jake Gyllenhaal Is a Lock If Ben Affleck Bails on The Batman?

Jake Gyllenhaal Is a Lock If Ben Affleck Bails on The Batman?
There has been no shortage of rumors swirling around The Batman over the past few months, regarding star Ben Affleck and his potential exit from the standalone sequel. A report surfaced in August that the actor was in fact leaving, and although that report was later retracted, Jon Hamm (Mad Men) has express his interest in the role, and director Matt Reeves is reportedly eyeing Jake Gyllenhaal. There has been a lot of back-and-forth between the studio and Affleck, with this latest report claiming the studio is "sour" on Ben. If the actor were to outright bail on The Batman at this point, Jake Gyllenhaal} will likely get the call to replace him. Here's what an unnamed sourced had to say about Jake Gyllenhaal replacing Ben Affleck.

"Gyllenhaal is probably Batman. Affleck is not out of it yet. That's the thing, he still has a contract. But the studio is sour on him.
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Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco Joins Viggo Mortensen in Drama 'Green Book' (Exclusive)

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco Joins Viggo Mortensen in Drama 'Green Book' (Exclusive)
Sebastian Maniscalco will join Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in the real-life drama Green Book.

Green Book follows an Italian-American bouncer, Tony Lip, (Mortensen), who in 1962 is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), one of the world’s finest jazz pianists, on a concert tour from New York City through the pre-Civil Rights era Deep South. They had to use the Negro Motorist Green Book to guide them to the few motels, restaurants and gas stations below the Mason-Dixon Line that served black customers.

Maniscalco will play Tony's fast-talking brother-in-law, Johnny.

Peter Farrelly will direct from a script he wrote with Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie.

Jim Burke, Charles...
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Sundance: HBO Buys ‘Price of Everything’

Sundance: HBO Buys ‘Price of Everything’
HBO Documentary Films has nabbed “The Price of Everything,” a look at the world of contemporary art, in advance of its Sundance Film Festival debut.

Directed by Oscar-nominated director Nathaniel Kahn, “The Price of Everything” examines the headaches associated with pricing art and the vagaries of a market based around subjective opinions of what is hot and valuable. It looks at collectors, dealers, auctioneers and artists in weaving together its cultural and commerical tapestry, and features interviews with the likes of Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and Larry Poons.

The company has acquired U.S. TV rights to the film and will also open it in theaters in at least a dozen U.S. markets prior to its premiere on HBO. It debuts in Sundance on Jan. 19. Kahn previously worked with HBO on his 2004 documentary “My Architect” and his short “Two Hands.”

“I couldn’t think of a better home for the film than HBO
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Trevor Jackson & Jason Mitchell To Star In Sony’s ‘Superfly’ Remake From Director X; Future, Steven R. Shore To Produce

Trevor Jackson & Jason Mitchell To Star In Sony’s ‘Superfly’ Remake From Director X; Future, Steven R. Shore To Produce
Exclusive: Sony’s Superfly film is assembling a team aptly fit for its title. As Deadline previously reported, Director X is officially attached to direct the remake with Trevor Jackson confirmed to star as Youngblood Priest. In addition, Mudbound and Straight Outta Compton star Jason Mitchell has signed on to co-star as Eddie, along with Lex Scott Davis as Georgia, Andrea Londo as Cynthia, Jacob Ming-Trent (Showtime's White Famous) as Fat Freddy, and Omar Chapparo as…
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/Filmcast Ep. 450 – Black Mirror: Season 4 (Guest: Kristy Puchko from Pajiba)

/Filmcast Ep. 450 – Black Mirror: Season 4 (Guest: Kristy Puchko from Pajiba)
This week on the /Filmcast, it’s all Black Mirror as David, Jeff, and Devindra analyze each episode of the show’s new season on Netflix. Special guest Kristy Puchko joins us from Pajiba. Be sure to read Vulture’s recap of Hang the DJ and Vice’s review of Black Museum, as well as how every episode is connected. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or […]

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With Scarlett Johansson front and centre, finally it's Black Widow's time to shine

Long-delayed plans for a female-led Marvel superhero movie following Wonder Woman’s triumph should deliver one of the studio’s biggest hitters

It’s not difficult to follow Hollywood’s logic in avoiding female-led superhero movies for most of the past 20 years. Whenever studios have taken risks on characters such as Catwoman (in 2004, with Halle Berry in the leathers) and Elektra (2005, with Jennifer Garner as the famed assassin), the box-office results have been paltry and the critical brickbats relentless.

Of course, when I say it is possible to follow the logic, this is not the same thing as saying such blinkered thinking is logical, which led us to a point where there were no major female-led comic-book flicks released in cinemas between 2005 and the debut of Patty JenkinsWonder Woman last year. For, by the same rationale, Hollywood ought to have banned all male-led sci-fi romps following the failure of
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I watched the crowdfunded Harry Potter spinoff. It was ... good?

Fans raised €15,000 for the film, which has already been watched 7m times. Guardian Australia’s resident Harry Potter nerd gives her verdict

The Harry Potter fan community is a wonderful, slightly terrifying thing. It has devoted hundreds of thousands of words to fanfiction to fill in the gaps of the world Jk Rowling created, in some cases doing a better job than official spinoffs like The Cursed Child (notoriously terrible exceptions notwithstanding).

Potter fans care deeply about their world. So it’s perhaps not surprising that a group of devoted Italian fans crowdfunded €15,000 to make a 52 minute-long film on Voldemort’s origin story.

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Haf Project Market Unveils 16th Edition

Film projects by China’s Liu Jian, South Korea’s E J-yong, and Indonesia’s Edwin are among the works selected for the upcoming edition of the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (Haf).

Other works are proposed by India’s Pushpendra Singh, Taiwan’s Arvin Chen and Hong Kong’s Kiwi Chow.

The project market, the 16th edition, will take place alongside the FilMart rights market at the Hong Kong Convention Centre, and run March 19-21. Organizers say they received over 360 submissions from 41 countries and territories.

The 25-project shortlist includes works from three countries not previously represented at Haf. They include: Jake Wachtel’s suspense drama “In the Next Life” from Cambodia; Baasanjargal Orgodol’s “Twist of Fate” from Mongolia; and two Russian projects, “Far frontiers” by Maxim Dashkin, and “Revnost” by Nigina Sayfullaeva.

Liu, whose animated drama “Have a Nice Day” competed in Berlin last year and has just gone on commercial release in China
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Miramax parent company said to be eyeing Weinstein Co. assets

Development brings into question previous bid by Contreras-Sweet consortium.

Qatar-based Bein Media Group, the owner of Miramax, is said to be angling for a bid at the film and TV assets of The Weinstein Company, the embattled venture launched by disgraced Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob.

The development could complicate a previously announced $275m bid by the consortium led by Mexican businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet, who led the Us Small Business Administration under president Obama.

However Contreras-Sweet and her associates appear to have lost momentum in recent weeks. While that is not to say their bid is over by any stretch, it does open the door for a potential reunion between the Weinstein brothers and the brand they launched back in 1979.

Miramax grew into an awards titan before the brothers sold it to Disney in 1993 and eventually departed in 2005 following an acrimonious relationship with their parent company. Shortly thereafter they launched The Weinstein Company.

Harvey Weinstein, who faces
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‘The Flash’ Recap: “The Trial of The Flash” – Murder in the First

The joy of the holiday season is over, it’s time for murder in the first degree! Yes, The Flash has returned with a very strange episode, “The Trial of the Flash,” which saw Barry paying for the (perceived) crime of murdering Clifford DeVoe. What the courtroom does not know, however, is that DeVoe was not young and hot enough for the CW, so he pulled a Get Out move and transferred his mind into the body of a hot black telepath. Yes, you have that right — DeVoe took over the mind and body of a young African American man, …
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Monica Bellucci and Gina Lollobrigida to Be Honored at L.A. Italian Culture Festival

Monica Bellucci and Gina Lollobrigida to Be Honored at L.A. Italian Culture Festival
Iconic Italian actresses Monica Bellucci and Gina Lollobrigida will be honored at a three-day cultural event by Tiziana Rocc from Filming on Italy and Valeria Rumori from the Italian Institute of Culture Los Angeles.

Bellucci has starred in 67 films including “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Passion of the Christ.” She recently appeared alongside Gael García Bernal in Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle.” Her upcoming project “Nekromancer” is currently in post-production. Bellucci became an international star after her role in Giuseppe Tornatore’s film “Malèna,” which will be screened at Filming on Italy.

Lollobrigida achieved international and U.S. success with films such as 1956’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and John Huston’s “Beat the Devil” starring Humphrey Bogart. She was nominated for two Golden Globes for her work in “Falcon Crest” and “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell,” and she won the Henrietta Award for world film favorite female.

Iic Los Angeles Creativity and Filming on Italy
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins Will Smith In ‘Gemini Man’

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins Will Smith In ‘Gemini Man’
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is set to star as the female lead opposite Will Smith in Gemini Man from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media. The Ang Lee-directed project has been in development for the past 20 years. The story follows an over-the-hill assassin who faces off against himself, a clone who is younger and in his prime. Originally set up at Disney in 1997 from a pitch by Darren Lemke, the movie stalled due to the fact the VFX at the time wasn't available for the…
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Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum unveils line-up of 25 projects

Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum unveils line-up of 25 projects
The list includes films from Liu Jian, E J-yong and Arvin Chen.

Source: The Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum

Haf meeting

The Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (Haf) has announced this year’s line-up of 25 projects, which includes new titles from Liu Jian, E J-yong and Arvin Chen.

Chinese filmmaker Liu Jian, whose Have A Nice Day premiered in competition at the Berlinale last year, is attending Haf with his third animated feature, Art College, revolving around two art students in the 1990s.

Critically-acclaimed Korean director E J-yong (Bacchus Lady) is bringing The Big Picture, about a lawyer who kills a man and steals his identity, while Taiwan’s Arvin Chen (Au Revoir Taipei) will present Naïve Melody about an introverted young man who falls into a relationship with a brothel’s mama-san.

The line-up also includes new projects from China’s Emily Tang, Japan’s Tomina Tetsuya and three Indonesian filmmakers – Loeloe Hendra, Edwin and [link
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Co-Star With Will Smith in Skydance’s ‘Gemini Man’

Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Co-Star With Will Smith in Skydance’s ‘Gemini Man’
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has landed the female lead opposite Will Smith in Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media’s “Gemini Man,” sources tell Variety.

Variety first reported that Winstead was one of the finalists for the role, with Tatiana Maslany and Elizabeth Debicki also up for the part. Clive Owen is in talks to play the villain, with Ang Lee directing.

Skydance came on to the project, which has been in development for two decades, last year. Jerry Bruckheimer, Skydance chief David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger are producing. Don Murphy and Chad Oman are executive producing.

The film follows an over-the-hill hitman who faces off against a younger clone of himself. The actioner is set to bow on Oct. 4, 2019.

“Gemini Man” was first set up at Disney in 1997 as a pitch by Darren Lemke, with Murphy producing and Tony Scott directing. Curtis Hanson was also attached to direct at one point as well before Lee came
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Superhero Bits: Carnage Possibly Confirmed for Venom, Justice League Digital Release & More

Superhero Bits: Carnage Possibly Confirmed for Venom, Justice League Digital Release & More
What was the top-selling comic of 2017? Why wasn’t Crisis on Earth-x released as a movie like Marc Guggenheim wanted? What would Hayley Atwell like to do if Agent Carter got a third season? Did Tom Hardy confirm Carnage will be in Venom? Which comic book movies were nominated for the USC Scripter Awards? When […]

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Academy sticks with two-part Oscar nominations format

Process to go out via global live stream.

The Academy said on Tuesday (January 16) that in keeping with recent years, the 90th Academy Awards nominations in all 24 Oscar categories will be announced in a two-part, live presentation on January 23,

The process will go out via global live stream on Oscars.com and Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, a satellite feed and local broadcasters.

The announcement will combine live presentations from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles, with pre-taped category introductions, which will be featured in the first half of the announcement.

At 5:22am Pacific Time the nominees will be announced in the following categories (listed in no particular order): cinematography, costume design, film editing, make-up and hairstyling, original score, production design, animated short film, live action short film, sound editing, sound mixing, and visual effects.

At 5:38:30am Pacific Time, the nominees will be announced in the following categories (listed
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Fathom Events Taps Ex-dwa Exec Gordon Synn For Key Role; Blue Fox Names Richard Stafford Head Of PR

Gordon Synn, formerly head of international TV for DreamWorks Animation and before that an exec at All3Media, Endemol Shine Group and 20th Century Fox, has been appointed Chief Content and Programming Officer at Fathom Events. He will report to CEO Ray Nutt and oversee the event-cinema distributor’s content acquisition and programming strategy. Fathom, a joint venture between AMC, Cinemark and Regal, ended 2017 as the 13th-largest distributor in North America. “The…
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