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Nate Parker’s ‘American Skin’ to Play in Deauville

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Nate Parker’s ‘American Skin’ to Play in Deauville
Nate Parker’s politically charged drama “American Skin” is set to play at the 45th edition of the Deauville American Film Festival following its world premiere at Venice.

American Skin,” which tells the story of a Gulf War veteran whose son is killed by a police officer, marks Parker’s first feature film since the news resurfaced that he had once been charged and acquitted of rape. His debut film, “The Birth of a Nation,” won a prize at Sundance in 2016 but flopped at the box office.

Parker directed and stars in “American Skin.” News of the film’s inclusion in Deauville’s lineup comes a day after it was revealed that “A Rainy Day in New York” by Woody Allen, who has also confronted allegations of sexual assault, would open the festival.

At the same time, Deauville will showcase six films directed by women, the most in the feet’s history,
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‘It: Chapter Two’ First Reactions: Critics Call Bill Hader Scene-Stealing and Oscar-Worthy

‘It: Chapter Two’ First Reactions: Critics Call Bill Hader Scene-Stealing and Oscar-Worthy
Though humble peons will have to wait until September 6 to see the final installment of the smash hit Stephen King horror saga, a select group of film critics and lucky audiences have already been treated to an early screening of “It: Chapter Two.” While some say the follow-up to last year’s box-office sweeper pales in comparison to the first, calling it a “tough act to follow,” many praise the movie as “creepy,” and singled out Bill Hader’s performance as scene-stealing and Oscar worthy.

“It: Chapter 2” picks up 27 years after the events of the first movie. The story centers around the grown members of the Losers’ Club returning to their hometown of Derry, Maine, after It/Pennywise comes back stronger and crueler than ever. In addition to Hader in his scene-stealing role, “It: Chapter 2” also stars Jessica Chastain, Xavier Dolan, Jake Weary, and Jess Weixler.

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Andy Muschietti hopes to release directors cuts of It Chapter One and Chapter Two

It director Andy Muschietti has stated that he hopes to release a director’s cut for both It Chapter One and It Chapter Two, and a super-cut that features both movies back-to-back.

In a recent interview with SFX (via GamesRadar), Muschietti stated:

“The possibilities are open. There’s a version where the two movies are cut together. There’s a version where there’s a special director’s cut of number one and a special director’s cut of number two. And I’m happy to basically work on every one of them.”

The director further stated that his director’s cut of Chapter Two is “definitely going to happen” and he’s working on “the director’s cut, based on my first director’s cut” which was around “four hours long.”

See Also: James McAvoy discusses the It Chapter Two hall of mirrors sequence

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It Chapter 2 Early Reactions Are In: Is It the Scariest Stephen King Movie Ever?

It Chapter 2 Early Reactions Are In: Is It the Scariest Stephen King Movie Ever?
Some folks have already been lucky enought to see It Chapter Two. So, what did they think? A handful of critics have made their voices known on social media, and the reaction is mixed, to say the least. On one hand, some critics are calling it a bloated mess, then on the other hand you have some critics calling it, perhaps, the scariest of the Stephen King movie adaptations this far. Though, it doesn't quite appear that this latest entry in the horror genre can quite live up to the 80s themed original. Which will come as a disappointment to some.

The terrifyingly creepy, bizarrely dancing clown Pennywise is back, and this time, it's even more personal than it was before. It Chapter Two is once again adapted from the 1986 Stephen King novel, and follows on 27 years after 2017's II, with the second chapter picking up with our intrepid Losers' Club,
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It Chapter Two Reactions Are Mixed So Far

Kirsten Howard Aug 21, 2019

Director Andy Muschietti goes for broke as the lengthy sequel leaves critics with plenty to argue about.

It Chapter Two will probably make a lot of money. People who enjoyed the first one - and there are a lot of them, as It made $700 million+ globally, making it the highest-grossing horror movie of all time - are likely to want to see the sequel, which will close out the decades-long story of the Losers' Club vs. Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

Stephen King's book had been previously adapted in 1990, with Tim Curry turning in an iconic performance as Pennywise, and initially there was some uncertainty as to whether a fresh, CG-heavy take was going to be a winner, but the first film successfully swept into cinemas in the later months of 2017, collecting positive reviews, awards, and our cash, ensuring that King's story would be back on the
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‘It: Chapter Two’ Early Buzz: An Overlong Sequel That Eventually Finds Its Groove

The Losers’ Club is heading back to Derry, Maine to face off against Pennywise the Clown once again – this time, as adults. But can James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, and Andy Bean recapture the lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry of the younger cast from 2017’s mega-successful It? (Is such a thing even possible?) Is this sequel […]

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First ‘It Chapter Two’ Reactions Tease an Uneven, Ambitious, & Scary Sequel Where Hader Steals the Show

The wait for one of horror's most anticipated sequels is almost over. It Chapter Two arrives in theaters next month, and the first fan and critics screenings have officially begun. With Collider's fan screening about to kick off in Hollywood, the embargo is officially up and the first round of reactions has hit the web. Director Andy Muschietti returns for the sequel to 2017's record-shattering Stephen King adaptation, and the sequel finds an A-list ensemble taking on the roles of the adult losers -- James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough, Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh, Bill Hader
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Andy Muschietti working on supercut combining It: Chapter One & Chapter Two

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Taking place nearly thirty years after the events of the first film, It: Chapter Two stars Jessica Chastain as Beverly, Bill Hader as Richie, James McAvoy as Bill, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, James Ransone as Eddie, Jay Ryan as Ben, and Andy Bean as Stanley as they set out to take down Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) once and for all. The upcoming sequel will be a rather lengthy affair for a horror movie,…
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Universal Sets Jessica Chastain’s Star-Studded Spy Thriller ‘355’ for 2021 Release Date

Universal Pictures has officially set a January 15, 2021 release date for 355, the studio's star-studded espionage thriller directed by Simon Kinberg (Dark Phoenix). The story for the film was conceived by Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, who also stars alongside Lupita Nyong’o (Us), Penélope Cruz (Murder on the Orient Express), Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds) and Fan Bingbing (X-Men: Days of Future Past). Award-winning playwright Theresa Rebeck penned the script. 355 follows your classic gettin'-the-team-together plot as several women with their own individual set of skills team up to stop a terrorist …
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Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o Spy Thriller ‘355’ Gets 2021 Release Date

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Universal Pictures has dated its spy thriller “355,” starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger and Fan Bingbing, for a Jan. 15, 2021, release.

Simon Kinberg is set to direct from a script he co-wrote with Theresa Rebeck. The movie follows a group of spies from international agencies around the world. These women must bond together, overcoming their suspicions and conflicts, to stop an event from occurring that could thrust the world into chaos. A new faction is formed – code-named “355,” a name they adopt from the first female spy in the American Revolution. Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez also co-star.

Producers are Chastain and Kelly Carmichael for Chastain’s Freckle Films and by Kinberg for his Genre Films. The film is executive produced by Richard Hewitt (“Bohemian Rhapsody”).

Chastain proposed the idea for a female-led spy film while working with Kinberg on this summer’s “Dark Phoenix.” The cast came together during
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Universal’s Spy Thriller ‘355’ Gets 2021 Release Date

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Universal’s Spy Thriller ‘355’ Gets 2021 Release Date
Universal has set a January 15, 2021 release date for 355, the ensemble spy thriller that came together during last year’s Cannes Film Festival. The pic directed and co-written by Simon Kinberg stars Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger and Fan Bingbing.

The hope is to launch a franchise based on an idea by Chastain of a Bourne Identity-like thriller revolving around female spies from agencies around the world. The women must bond together, overcoming their suspicions and conflicts, to use all their considerable talents and training to stop an event from occurring that could thrust our teetering world into total chaos. Along the way, these strangers and enemies become comrades and friends, and a new faction is formed and code-named “355” (a name they adopt from the first female spy in the American Revolution).

Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez are also in the cast and the pic began production
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Jessica Chastain Spy Thriller ‘355’ Set for January 2021 Release

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Jessica Chastain Spy Thriller ‘355’ Set for January 2021 Release
Universal Pictures announced on Tuesday that it will release “355,” the espionage thriller starring Jessica Chastain and Lupita Nyong’o, on Jan. 15, 2021.

Penelope Cruz, Diane Kruger, Fan Bingbing, Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez will also star in the film, which is being directed and co-written by longtime “X-Men” producer Simon Kinberg. The film follows several women from different espionage backgrounds who come together to stop a global terrorist plot.

“355” was first pitched to potential buyers at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, triggering a bidding war for distribution rights that was won by Universal with a reported bid of over $20 million. Global Road and Amazon Studios were also among the bidders.

Filming on the project began last month in Europe. Kinberg is producing with Chastain and Kelly Carmichael and sharing writing credit with Theresa Rebeck.

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Check Out Pennywise's Freaky Ass Fun House in This Very Upsetting 360 Degree Vr Video

I don’t like fun houses, I don’t like clowns, and Pennywise is, of course, no exception. Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are building the hype for the upcoming sequel, It: Chapter 2, by releasing this super scary 360-degree Vr video experience that you can spin around in and walk through, all while following Pennywise’s red balloon. The whole thing made my stomach hurt. But if you’re a fan of feeling scared and upset, you’ll love it!

The sequel is set 27 years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise The Clown when they were kids. As they've grown up, they've forgotten about what happened. When bad things start to happen in Derry again and kids begin to go missing, Mike Hanlon, who stayed behind in Derry to keep watch over the town, calls up his old friends and reminds them of the promise they made to come
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It Director Teases Ultimate Supercut of Chapter One & Chapter Two Back-to-Back

Get ready for more Pennywise action than one could possibly handle in a single sitting, as we may be getting a supercut of both It Chapter One and It Chapter Two at some point down the line. The highly-anticipated sequel, which will round out the adaptation of Stephen King's beloved horror novel, is set to arrive in theaters next month. It's early, but every indication points to this being just as big of a success as its predecessor. With that in mind, director Andy Muschietti is ready and waiting to work on alternate editions of the movies.

With the release for It Chapter Two just around the corner, Andres Muschietti has started to make the press rounds. He directed the first movie and the upcoming sequel, so he knows this world about as good as anyone, save for maybe Stephen King. During a recent interview, he was asked about
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Jessica Chastain's Female-Led Spy Film '355' Lands January 2021 Release

Jessica Chastain's Female-Led Spy Film '355' Lands January 2021 Release
Director Simon Kinberg's female-fronted spy film 355 is set to hit theaters Jan. 15, 2021, Universal announced Tuesday.

The studio acquired U.S. rights to the high-profile project out of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Fan Bingbing, Diane Kruger and Lupita Nyong'o star in the James Bond-esque spy pic. (Marion Cotillard was originally set to star, but left the project citing personal reasons. She was replaced by Kruger).

355 is a passion project for Chastain, who has been one of the most vocal actresses on gender-equity issues. In addition to starring, she is producing through her Freckle ...
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Journey through Pennywise’s House of Horrors in It Chapter 2 Vr video

Before we journey back down the Derry stand-pipes for It Chapter Two on September 6th, Warner Bros. are doing all they can to ratchet up the terror with a brand new 360-degree video that guides you through the pesky clown’s not-so-fun-house. You can drag, swipe, or move the cursor in order to look around as you venture through the neon nightmare towards a creepy encounter with Pennywise himself.

See Also: James McAvoy discusses the It Chapter Two hall of mirrors sequence

Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, “It Chapter Two” brings the characters—who’ve long since gone their separate ways—back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.

It Chapter Two will see Bill Skarsgard reprising his role as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, while Jessica Chastain (Beverly), James McAvoy (Bill), Bill Hader (Richie), James Ransone (Eddie), Andy Bean
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James McAvoy discusses the It Chapter Two hall of mirrors sequence

During the latest trailer for It Chapter Two, one of the most memorable sequences was Bill Denbrough (played by James McAvoy) walking through a carnival funhouse and a hall of mirrors to save a young child from Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard).

As it turns out that scene wasn’t included in the original script, as McAvoy has revealed in interview with Entertainment Weekly that he requested a sequence that would explore Bill’s over his brother’s death, which led to the creation of this particular scene.

“We were missing a vital story beat for Bill where he dealt with his guilt that he caused his brother’s death,” McAvoy states. “I said to [director Andy Muschietti], “What can we do?’…and literally in 50 minutes, he invented a whole new sequence. It was never in the script, and it isn’t in the book. It’s brilliant.”

It Chapter Two is set
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The Most Anticipated Horror Movies of the Fall | Flickering Myth Podcast Mini

In this extract from The Flickering Myth Podcast, Allen Christian, Gerald James, Ej Moreo and Tori Brazier discuss their three most anticipated horrors of the fall – the Stephen King sequel It Chapter Two, Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell, and the Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe-starring The Lighthouse; check out the discussion in the video below, and let us know which horrors you’re most looking forward to throughout the rest of 2019…

See Also: The Ten Most Successful Horror Movies Of All Time

It Chapter Two will see Bill Skarsgard reprising his role as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, while Jessica Chastain (Beverly), James McAvoy (Bill), Bill Hader (Richie), James Ransone (Eddie), Andy Bean (Stanley), Jay Ryan (Ben) and Isaiah Mustafa (Mike) star as the adult versions of The Losers’ Club. Young It stars Jaeden Martell, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer and Chosen Jacobs
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix finishes its theatrical run as the lowest grossing X-Men movie ever

20th Century Fox’s X-Men series drew to a close back in June, the franchise ending with a bomb but no bang as Simon Kinberg’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix was ravaged by critics and suffered the worst opening weekend of any X-Men movie in its near-20 year history.

Things went from bad to worse with the steepest second-weekend drop of any superhero film ever, and now Box Office Mojo has reported that Dark Phoenix has officially finished its theatrical run with a global total of just $252.4 million. That’s over $40 million short of 2000’s X-Men, making it the lowest earner of the entire 12-film series.

Given a whopping production budget in excess of $200 million (which included costly and extensive reshoots), Dark Phoenix is among the biggest box office disasters of all time. Disney – which inherited the movie as part of its Fox acquisition has already blamed the film for its disappointing Q3 2019 earnings,
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It Chapter Two looking to scare up $120 million domestic box office opening

In just a few short weeks, director Andy Muschietti takes us back to Derry for the final showdown between Pennywise and the Losers Club with New Line’s Stephen King adaptation It Chapter Two, and according to tracking estimates the sequel is on par to open as big as its 2017 predecessor.

According to Deadline, It Chapter Two is tracking $120 million domestically in its opening weekend, which would be the second-biggest September opening ever after the original film’s $123.4 million weekend).

Of course, tracking estimates aren’t always accurate, and with strong reviews and word of mouth, there’s every chance that the sequel could surpass Chapter One, and perhaps even offer some challenge Deadpool’s $132 million record as the biggest R-rated opening ever.

See Also: New Pennywise footage revealed in latest It Chapter Two TV spots

The first It grossed $700.4 million worldwide back in 2017, making it the highest-grossing horror movie of all time.
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