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The Safran Company Inks First-Look Deal With Warner Bros, Taps ‘Rampage’ Producer John Rickard As President Of Production

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Exclusive: Peter Safran’s The Safran Company has finalized a first-look producing deal at Warner Bros and has named Wrigley Pictures chief and Rampage producer John Rickard as president of production.

The deal brings together two esteemed blockbuster producers on the Burbank lot: Safran, who has been behind the $1.9 billion-grossing success of New Line’s Conjuring franchise and the highest-grossing DC movie of all time in Aquaman ($1.15B), and Rickard, who in addition to delivering such hits as the $428M-grossing Dwayne Johnson vehicle Rampage was also a producer on New Line’s $320M-plus-grossing Horrible Bosses series. Both are respected by Warner Bros and New Line brass as producers who get their hands dirty, show up on set, and are with the production beyond set-to-wrap.

Wrigley Pictures’ Max Jacoby will also segue to The Safran Company as director of development, serving alongside Peter Safran’s director of development Megan Fleming. Already,
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‘Joker’ passes £40m at UK box office as ‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’ falters

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The Warner Bros hit has topped the charts for three weeks.

Rank Film (Distributor) Three-day gross (Oct 18-20) Total gross to date Week 1 Joker (Warner Bros) £5.5m £40.3m 3 2 Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil (Disney) £3.3m £3.3m 1 3 Zombieland: Double Tap (Sony) £1.3m £1.3m 1 4 A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (Studiocanal) £1.1m £1.3m 1 5 Abominable (Universal) £988,083 £3.7m 2

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Supervillain origin story Joker topped the box office for the third weekend in a row, adding £5.5m to take it to £40.3m in total.

The film scored an £8,047 site average, proving a very impressive total for a third session.
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UK box office preview: will ‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’ topple ‘Joker’?

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UK box office preview: will ‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’ topple ‘Joker’?
Other new openers include ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ and ‘A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’.

Villains will battle at the UK box office this weekend as Disney sequel Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil looks to topple the Clown Prince of Crime, Joker, from the top spot.

The follow-up to 2014’s Maleficent sees Angelina Jolie return as the titular sorceress as she and her goddaughter Aurora (Elle Fanning) begin to question the complex family ties that bind them.

The first title opened to £6.6m in May 2014, although £2.8m of that came from previews and an opening on the Wednesday prior to its first weekend.
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Former Catwomen Unite in Championing Zoe Kravitz as New Catwoman in The Batman

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Days after Zoe Kravitz landed the coveted role of Selina Kyle in The Batman, the actress is already garnering the support of some of the other ladies who've previously played Catwoman on the big screen. Previously, Robert Pattinson had been cast in the lead role of Bruce Wayne, and there were many different actresses rumored to play opposite him as Catwoman. It was recently reported Kravitz had officially been cast in the role, bringing about a largely positive reception to the casting choice. While most fans seem to be on board with the idea, former Catwoman actresses Michelle Pfeiffer, Anne Hathaway, and Halle Berry are offering their support to Kravitz as well.

Speaking about the casting on Good Morning America, Michelle Pfeiffer welcomed Kravitz into the fold by offering her some sound advice in preparation for the part. Of course, Pfeiffer is well-known for playing Selina Kyle in the Tim Burton sequel Batman Returns,
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Paul Dano to Battle Pattinson as Riddler in ‘Batman’ After Jonah Hill Passes on Role

Paul Dano to Battle Pattinson as Riddler in ‘Batman’ After Jonah Hill Passes on Role
Paul Dano is going from indie favorite to comic-book movie villain as Edward Nashton/The Riddler in director Matt Reeves’ upcoming “The Batman.” Warner Bros. has confirmed the casting to IndieWire, which comes on the heels of Dano’s recent Primetime Emmy Award nomination Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role in Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora.” Dano is beloved in the indie film world for his acclaimed performances in movies such as “Love and Mercy,” “There Will Be Blood,” and “Prisoners.” Last year, he released his directorial debut “Wildlife,” which earned acclaim throughout bows at the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes.

News broke earlier this year that Warner Bros. and Jonah Hill were in talks for the comedian to taken the role of The Riddler, a character that was previously played by Jim Carrey in “Batman Forever.” Variety reported yesterday that Hill passed on
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Robert Pattinson Explains How A “Ferocious” Masturbation Scene Helped Ease Him Into His Experience Filming ‘The Lighthouse’

After launching his career with relatively small roles, including one of the ‘Harry Potter’ films, Robert Pattinson broke out in a massive way thanks to “Twilight.” But now, years after that film franchise, he’s been riding the line between mainstream and arthouse, turning in some of the best work of his career. And now, with “The Lighthouse” coming soon and a new Christopher Nolan film, along with “The Batman,” Pattinson continues to straddle both sides of the film industry divide.

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The Look of "Joker"

by Cláudio Alves

In 1989, Tim Burton envisioned Gotham City as an Expressionistic nightmare, something necessarily unreal. Three years later, Batman Returns showed a different sort of urban reverie, one tainted by quasi fascistic imagery, an appropriate dark meaning for a darker film than its predecessor. Joel Schumacher's sequels would see Gotham go through another transfiguration, from a gloomy nightmare into a candy-colored hallucination. This process of growing artificiality would end when Christopher Nolan revitalized Batman for a 21st-century audience.

Nolan's trilogy shows us a Gotham that's a foreigner's idea of an American metropolis and one can almost chart, throughout the films, how the city goes from being a dream of Chicago to New York City 2.0. Todd Phillips' Joker perpetuates this configuration of Gotham as DC Comics' version of Manhattan, but he isn't looking to the real contemporary city for inspiration. The film is set in a New York of yore,
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The Batman Co-Writer Teases A Detective Story For The Dark Knight

Bruce Wayne’s masked alter-ego is a man of many monikers.

There’s the Caped Crusader, Bats, and The Dark Knight, the latter of which arguably became the most popular of the bunch when Christopher Nolan’s 2008 masterpiece graced theaters. But there’s another title that’s often prescribed to Batman: World’s Greatest Detective.

Forget Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, it’s Bruce Wayne who holds the title of the world’s best detective, though he’s forever indebted to Alfred Pennywise and that trusted utility belt. Both will surely feature in the 2021 reboot – aptly titled The Batman – and at least according to the film’s co-writer, Mattson Tomlin, Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader will do a fair bit of sleuthing as he watches over the streets of Gotham City.

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The Essentials: Robert Pattinson’s 10 Best Performances

For a long time, Robert Pattinson was known to most as moody, sparkly vampire Edward Cullen from the enduringly lucrative“Twilight” series. Since his initial ascent, the prodigiously talented London-born actor has gone on to work with directors as challenging and interesting as James Gray, Claire Denis, Werner Herzog, and the Safdie Brothers – which is not to mention collaborations with the likes of Ciro Guerra, Antonio Campos, and none other than Christopher Nolan looming on the horizon.

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‘1917’, Sam Mendes’ World War I Movie, Gets an ‘R’ Rating

The MPAA has announced that Sam Mendes’ upcoming World War I movie, 1917, will be rated “R” for “violence, some disturbing images, and language,” which makes sense since it’s a war movie. And yet studios have been playing around a little with how much they can get away with in war movies and get a PG-13. Steven Spielberg’s World War I movie, War Horse, only had a PG-13 rating, and Christopher Nolan was able to get a PG-13 rating for Dunkirk. The latter proved incredibly successful for Warner Bros. with the film pulling in $189 …
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Studio Ghibli Is So Committed to the Theatrical Experience It Has No Plans to Ever Stream Films

Looking to stream an animated movie this week on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or any other platform? Don’t expect “Spirited Away,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” or “Princess Mononoke” to be options — not this week nor ever. The iconic Japanese animation producer Studio Ghibli has never licensed its movies out to streaming platforms (not even Apple Movies) and according to Polygon has no plans to do so in the foreseeable future.

GKids owns the North American distribution rights to Studio Ghibli movies, which include the masterworks of director Hayao Miyazaki, and recently told Polygon not to expect Ghibli classics like “Totoro” and the Oscar-winning “Spirited Away” to show up on Netflix and other streaming services. In a move that would certainly earn Christopher Nolan’s respect, Ghibli maintains the theatrical experience is so important to watching its movies that it’s not worth having them available to stream.

“Studio Ghibli does not make their films available digitally,
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Zoë Kravitz Was Once Told She Was Too 'Urban' to Be in a Batman Movie Before Catwoman Casting

Zoë Kravitz Was Once Told She Was Too 'Urban' to Be in a Batman Movie Before Catwoman Casting
Years before she was cast as Catwoman, Zoë Kravitz says she was told she was too “urban” for a role in a Batman movie.

In a 2015 interview with Nylon magazine, Kravitz said that she was unable to get an audition for Christopher Nolan‘s 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises, which starred Christian Bale as Batman.

“In the last Batman movie [The Dark Knight Rises], they told me that I couldn’t get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren’t ‘going urban,’” she said at the time. “It was like, ‘What does that have to do with anything?
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Kannada films should have global sensibility for wider reach: 'Bhinna' director Adarsh

Interview'Bhinna' is the first Kannada film to release directly on an Ott platform.Ikyatha YerasalaFacebook/Adarsh EshwarappaHis debut film Shuddhi opened to rave reviews across the city and also garnered high praise from around the globe when it went digital. But his second film Bhinna has created a record of sorts, by being the first Kannada movie to go directly digital. Adarsh Eshwarappa’s psychological thriller Bhinna, which released on the Ott platform Zee 5 on October 8, is a first-of-its kind project in Sandalwood. In an industry that has begun lapping up the benefits of Ott only recently, Adarsh’s film, inspired by Puttana Kanagal’s cult classic Sharapanjara, not only brings about a change in how Kannada cinema is viewed, but also transforms storytelling with its intricate screenplay. In an exclusive chat with Tnm, Adarsh unravels the story behind the film, the power of digital platforms and more. How was the idea of Bhinna born?
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Here’s How Zoe Kravitz Could Look As Catwoman In The Batman

After months of speculating on who’ll be starring alongside Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight in The Batman, we can finally breathe a sigh of relief in knowing that Zoe Kravitz has been cast as the iconic Catwoman. Furthermore, it’s doubly satisfying to know she’s actually Selina Kyle, so we won’t have another misfire on our hands akin to 2004’s Catwoman flick.

Considering how we probably won’t get an official shot of Kravitz in full costume until we’re well into 2020, it’s nice that digital artist John Regan (ShatterverseEnt on Twitter) has allowed us to gaze into the crystal ball with his latest piece of digital art. If his name sounds familiar to you, it just might, as he’d previously supplied the best-looking mock-ups of Pattinson as Batman, not to mention conceptuals of Vanessa Kirby and Daisy Ridley as Catwoman before the part had been filled.
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Large Format Cameras Are Changing Film Language, From ‘Joker’ to ‘Midsommar’

Five years ago, Arri announced that it would make its large-format digital camera available for rental, but it has taken a few years to understand the dramatic impact they would have on filmmaking across the industry. Greig Fraser became one of the first cinematographers to jump on board, opting to shoot “Rogue One” entirely on Arri’s new Alexa 65. In an interview with IndieWire when the 2016 movie was released, Fraser called the camera a “game-changer” for being so “immersive,” adding that the “emotionally encompassing” format should no longer be considered only for large-scale, large-budgeted films.

He wasn’t kidding around. After “Rogue One,” Fraser would bring the camera to Europe to shoot director Garth Davies’ much smaller film, “Mary Magdalene,” a story centered on the emotional journey of Jesus Christ’s eponymous confidant. “That’s this intimate film set in 33 Ad,” said Fraser at the time. “It’s all filmmaking,
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‘The Batman’: Zoe Kravitz Is Your Next Catwoman After Pfeiffer, Berry, Hathaway

‘The Batman’: Zoe Kravitz Is Your Next Catwoman After Pfeiffer, Berry, Hathaway
Zoe Kravitz is set to follow in the footsteps of Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry, and Anne Hathaway by starring as Catwoman in Warner Bros.’ upcoming superhero tentpole “The Batman.” Kravitz will star opposite Robert Pattinson, who is set to play Bruce Wayne/Batman, and Jonah Hill, who boarded the project last month in an unspecified villain role. Rumor has it Hill is being courted play either The Penguin (previously played by Danny DeVito in “Batman Returns”) or The Riddler (Jim Carrey in “Batman Forever).

The Batman” is being directed by “War for the Planet of the Apes” filmmaker Matt Reeves. While the plot of the movie is being kept under wraps, Reeves has been vocal about the movie centering on a younger version of the Batman character. The film is not expected to be an origin story like Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins.” As Kravitz and Hill’s casting confirms,
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Vin Diesel's Bloodshot Trailer Is Arriving with Terminator: Dark Fate

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Vin Diesel's Bloodshot Trailer Is Arriving with Terminator: Dark Fate
Vin Diesel's Bloodshot trailer will be attached to the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate. Director Dave Wilson and producer Dinesh Shamdasani confirmed the news in a recent interview. Comic book fans are going to get a break from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC when Valiant drops their movie in February. There is a lot of mystery and excitement surrounding the movie and we have all been waiting quite a while to get our first look at Diesel's take on the character.

Dave Wilson and producer Dinesh Shamdasani were asked about a potential release date for the Bloodshot trailer. "Very, very soon. I would definitely buy a ticket to Terminator: Dark Fate," said Shamdasani after glancing at Wilson to see if it was okay to reveal the news. This means Valiant Comics fans will be able to see the first footage on November 1st, or Halloween for the early Thursday preview screenings.
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There’s An Easter Egg To Adam West’s Batman In Joker That We All Missed

Despite whatever members of the cast and crew have to say, Todd Phillips’ Joker is a comic book movie. In fact, it’s the boldest and most shattering addition to the comic cinema canon since Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

So far, the slow-burn film has shared in many of the riches and interactions of the genre, grossing humungous amounts of money (nearly $550 million at the time of writing), and, of course, being dissected by fans for easter eggs and homages to the expansive Batman universe.

From what we can tell, Phillips certainly has not disappointed in that department – with references to Heath Ledger’s iconic portrayal as well as Ratcatcher, of all people, having already been uprooted by viewers.

Now, another one has popped up that doesn’t quite fit into Joker‘s eerie tone. Strangely enough, there’s a reference to the classic Batman ’66 TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward.
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Here’s How Robert Pattinson’s Batman Could Look In Joker’s Dark Universe

Joker is currently showing in theaters around the world, offering up a dark reimagining of the Clown Prince of Crime. Fast forward less than two years though, and we’ll have another reimagining of the villain’s nemesis coming our way, too, in the form of The Batman. But will Matt Reeves’ movie be as dark as Joker?

Fan artist Mizuriofficial has asked the question should The Batman be R-rated in order to be just as “gritty and mature” as the Joaquin Phoenix-starring film? To illustrate his point, the digital artist has created the following image of Pattinson in costume as the Dark Knight, looking particularly gloomy, even for a guy who hangs out in a dingy cave all day.

Here’s how Mizuriofficial lays out their argument:

“Should Batman be Rated R like Joker? After seeing the masterpiece that was Joker, it really showed a new and exciting look at comic book movies,
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Hugh Jackman movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘Logan,’ ‘Prisoners’

Hugh Jackman movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘Logan,’ ‘Prisoners’
Happy 51st birthday on October 12, 2019, to Hugh Jackman, one of those rare performers with different faces.

For the populist filmgoers, their image of Jackman is likely as the mighty Wolverine from nine of the 10 “X-Men” films. With the ability to slice and dice bad guys with a mere swing of his razor-fingered hand, Jackman is still brought a moodiness and, at times, sadness to the character that has only endeared him more to audiences.

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Jackman has also been smart enough (or lucky enough) to work with several great directors early in their careers — Darren Aronofsky (“The Fountain”), Christopher Nolan (“The Prestige”) and Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners”), creating in each film some of the most startling work of his career.

Jackman’s most honored film performance to date has been his dark Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper‘s “Les Miserables,
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