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‘Amityville 1974’: Wonderfilm Green Lights Prequel Tale, Casey La Scala To Direct

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‘Amityville 1974’: Wonderfilm Green Lights Prequel Tale, Casey La Scala To Direct
The Wonderfilm Media Corporation announced today that Amityville 1974 has been given the green light to begin principal photography in November with its story of the real-life rampage murders that would became the background story for author Jay Anson’s 1977 bestseller The Amityville Horror and the numerous films that have invoked it in name or premise.

The Anson novel was adapted to the screen in a namesake feature film that became a cultural sensation in the summer of 1979 and one of the most lucrative hits in Hollywood history with its tale of hostile supernatural forces at work in a home in a Long Island, N.Y., shoreline village called Amityville. The 1979 hit was “re-imagined” twice in theatrically released films but over the years 20-plus other productions (either direct-to-video or for television) have used the real-life village
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Leslie Mann To Star In Noel Coward Adaptation ‘Blithe Spirit’

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Leslie Mann To Star In Noel Coward Adaptation ‘Blithe Spirit’
Exclusive: Leslie Mann is set to star as Elvira in Blithe Spirit, the adaptation of the 1941 Noel Coward play that already had Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher and Judi Dench set to star, and Ed Hall to direct the script by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth.

The new film re-imagines the Coward play, as a writer of bestselling crime novels invites an eccentric mystic to his home in hopes of curing a terrible case of writer’s block he encounters as he tries to finish his first screenplay. That block isn’t helped much when the mystic contacts the spirit of his first wife. David Lean directed the first film adaptation of the play in 1945.

Producers are Fisherman’s Friends trio James Spring, Leonard, and Moorcroft, alongside Hilary Bevan Jones, Peter Snell and Tuni Pinnolis. The project is a Fred Films and Powder Keg Pictures production in association with British Lion Films.
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2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards: Complete Winner’s List

2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards: Complete Winner’s List
After taping Saturday night in Santa Monica, The MTV Movie & TV Awards broadcast aired Monday night, with Zachary Levi taking the reins as host for the network’s annual tribute to all things pop culture. With film and TV stars in contention for fan-chosen awards, everything from popcorn blockbusters and reality television to Oscar-nominated documentaries has a place at this show. Nomination leaders included some usual suspects – “Avengers: Endgame” and “Game of Thrones” – as well as a wildcard hit, “Rbg.”

In addition to the classic movie and television trophies, this year sees some new categories, including Reality Royalty, Most Meme-able Moment, and Best Real-Life Hero. Levi himself is also up for two Golden Popcorn trophies, as his “Shazam!” performance was nominated for Best Hero and Best Comedic Performance. Jada Pinkett Smith is receiving the annual Trailblazer Award, presented to her by Tiffany Haddish and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson received the Generation Award.
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9 Things You Didn’t See Watching The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards

Santa Monica – On Saturday, in an aircraft hanger that has hosted more famous faces than arguably any aircraft hanger in the world, Viacom put on the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards. This pundit was on hand to take in a three-hour production that was widdled down to a two-hour telecast for your enjoyment this evening. Like all awards shows there were highs and lows and, luckily, if you wanted to partake this one provided a wide assortment of alcoholic beverages and snacks.

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Day For Night on The Dead Don’t Die: Director Of Photography Frederick Elmes Shoots Jarmusch’s Zombies

Fred Elmes invited me to a Di Theater at Harbor Picture Company, a post-house bustling around the corner from Film Forum, to talk about his work on Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die. There was just an hour left of the allotted time to finish the Hdr version of the film when I arrived at the Di suite, but Fred retained his cool as he lulled us to the finish line. In my time there, he liked to vignette the edges more or less, and bring faces up or down a level or two. Usually down. Our meeting there was […]
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Day For Night on The Dead Don’t Die: Director Of Photography Frederick Elmes Shoots Jarmusch’s Zombies

Fred Elmes invited me to a Di Theater at Harbor Picture Company, a post-house bustling around the corner from Film Forum, to talk about his work on Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die. There was just an hour left of the allotted time to finish the Hdr version of the film when I arrived at the Di suite, but Fred retained his cool as he lulled us to the finish line. In my time there, he liked to vignette the edges more or less, and bring faces up or down a level or two. Usually down. Our meeting there was […]
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‘The Twilight Zone’: How Jordan Peele Updated ‘Nightmare at 20,000 Feet’ for 2019

‘The Twilight Zone’: How Jordan Peele Updated ‘Nightmare at 20,000 Feet’ for 2019
Jordan Peele was the perfect filmmaker to bring back “The Twilight Zone,” melding his dark satire with Rod Serling’s. The result makes an uneasy bridge between past and present, where fear, paranoia, and hate continue to rip away at the fabric of American society. And this is apparent in “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet,” a re-imagining of the William Shatner-starrer, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” which slips comfortably beside Peele’s “Get Out” and “Us.”

For production designer Michael Wylie and editor Scott Turner, the challenge was to channel both Serling and Peele in this story of Ptsd-suffering journalist Justin Sanderson (Adam Scott), who discovers a strange podcast aboard Flight 1015 that predicts their crash which he inadvertently helps facilitate. “We wanted to pull in some of the flavor of the original, not only because it’s incredibly familiar to everyone but because we’re trying to create a timelessness in the show,
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Father John Misty Debuts Rejected ‘A Star Is Born’ Song, Agrees It Deserved to Be Cut — Listen

Father John Misty Debuts Rejected ‘A Star Is Born’ Song, Agrees It Deserved to Be Cut — Listen
A Star Is Born” fans in attendance at Father John Misty’s June 14 concert in Mississippi got a surprise when the Grammy Award-winning musician debuted an original song he wrote for the movie that ultimately got rejected by director Bradley Cooper and his creative team. The untitled track is a country ballad that one could easily hear Cooper’s Jackson Maine belting.

Fortunately for Cooper, Father John Misty harbors no ill will against the “A Star Is Born” production for not going ahead with his song for the finished film. “That would’ve sucked,” the musician said after finishing his live performance of the song. “I’ve seen that movie. There’s really no place in that movie for that song, unless he was bombing at Coachella or something. The sequel? Now we’re talking.”

Father John Misty worked with Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson on Gaga’s acclaimed 2016 album “Joanne,
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Apple, Netflix Readying Fall Launches for Video Game-Based Content

Hollywood is no stranger to video games, but if last week’s E3 was any indication, the worlds of gaming, television and film are becoming closer than ever before.

Major companies such as Apple and Netflix clearly see promise in the video game market, as they both had a presence at the industry’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Netflix showcased a “Stranger Things” game that will drop on July 4, the same day as Season 3 of that show premieres on the streaming platform, and in 2020 they will release a free-to-play mobile game based on the show.

The platform also will be getting a film based on popular shooter “The Division” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain and in the fall, Netflix’s upcoming “The Dark Crystal” series will get a video game tie-in. If these kinds of intellectual property-based games are successful, it’s likely that Netflix and its
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Mythbuster Adam Savage Goes Viral for Building a Real Iron Man Suit That Flies — Watch

Mythbuster Adam Savage Goes Viral for Building a Real Iron Man Suit That Flies — Watch
Adam Savage, best known as the former co-host of Discovery Channel’s long-running science and technology series “Mythbusters,” has gone viral for building his own bulletproof Iron Man suit that flies. Savage and his team used a 3D printer and other technological innovations to build the real-life superhero armor. The video of Savage’s efforts, published online by CNET, has earned over 2.3 million views in its first two days online.

Iron Man last graced the big screen in this year’s record-breaking tentpole “Avengers: Endgame,” which served as a swan song for the character. Iron Man/Tony Stark was played by Robert Downey Jr. since the 2008 “Iron Man” movie, which kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Savage’s real Iron Man outfit resembles some of the prototypes Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark was working on in “Iron Man 2.”

The last time time an Iron Man suit made so much
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‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’: Kirsten Dunst Series Headed to Showtime — Watch

‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’: Kirsten Dunst Series Headed to Showtime — Watch
Showtime has a new surprise addition to its summer lineup. “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” the nine-episode series starring Kristen Dunst, will be debuting at the end of August, the network revealed on Monday.

As part of the news, the ’90s-set drama about one woman’s pursuit of wealth inside a pyramid scheme offered up a first trailer for the series. This first look at “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” comes with a venue change, as the show was originally intended for the YouTube Premium subscription service. Engadget reported last week that YouTube TV was “gifting” Showtime to select “longtime friends” of the service through Labor Day Weekend.

Dunst plays Krystal Stubbs, a woman who chases promises of riches while working her regular job at a water park. As she becomes more entrenched in the scheme to turn quick investments into life-changing money, she begins to
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Jillian Bell Reveals the Improvised Scene Paul Thomas Anderson Cut From ‘The Master’

Jillian Bell Reveals the Improvised Scene Paul Thomas Anderson Cut From ‘The Master’
Paul Thomas Anderson has been called a “comedy lurker.” He cast his hilarious wife Maya Rudolph and Martin Short in “Inherent Vice” and completely redefined the way the world saw Adam Sandler in “Punch Drunk Love.”

But even the most diehard fans may not remember that Jillian Bell, of “Workaholics” and “22 Jump Street” fame, played a small role in “The Master,” perhaps the least comedic entry in all of Anderson’s filmography. “The Master” was an unexpected dramatic role for the actress, predating the star turn she’ll take in this summer’s “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” a comedy with dramatic heft that took this year’s Sundance Film Festival by storm.

During an interview with Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson during the Provincetown International Film Festival this weekend, Bell revealed how it felt to step onto the set of “The Master” as a young TV actress. “He’s a fan of ‘Workaholics.
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WarnerMedia Nearing $500 Million Deal with JJ Abrams – Report

WarnerMedia is closing in on a deal with JJ Abrams‘ Bad Robot production company that could be worth as much as $500 million, according to Deadline.

The move would put Abrams’ film business, responsible for hits such as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the three recent “Star Trek” films, under the WarnerMedia umbrella. It is unclear how many years would be covered by the new agreement. A WarnerMedia representative declined to comment.

Abrams has had a close relationship with WarnerMedia entities for quite some time. Abrams’ Bad Robot has been based at Warner Bros. TV for years and has produced several series for the company, including “Westworld,” “Lovecraft Country,” and “Demimonde,” all of which are on the HBO service. Abrams also is developing a series based on “They Both Die at the End” for the platform.

Deadline previously reported that WarnerMedia was competing with Apple to win a deal with Bad Robot.
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Zack Snyder Keeps Giving The #ReleaseTheSnyderCut People Hope With Unseen ‘Justice League’ Images Featuring Darkseid

577 days. It’s been 577 days since Warner Bros. released “Justice League” in theaters. And in that time, the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign has continued to go strong. Just when you think that perhaps the folks that are begging WB to release Zack Snyder’s original version of “Justice League” would call it quits, there’s some new information that keeps them going even more. And this time, we have Zack Snyder himself to thank for reigniting the fire that will likely continue for another 500 days or more.

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‘Grand Hotel’ Review: ABC’s Latinx Adaptation Entertains Without Challenging Tropes

Leaving behind palatial Spain of the early 1900s for modern-day Miami, Executive Producer Brian Tanen’s American adaptation of the internationally popular Spanish series “Gran Hotel” retains key plot elements while transforming the concept into a glamorous Latinx-fronted project.

In essence, this reinterpretation, also executive produced by Eva Longoria (who plays a small part) is still a murder mystery set inside a family-owned hotel where a determined young man searches for clues to unearth what happened to his missing sister; however, in this version, certain historically-tied conflicts were replaced with more currently relevant scenarios in the context of the United States.

A significant source of drama in the original show was the matriarch’s insistence in her daughter Alicia marrying a wealthy gentleman in hopes of saving the financially strapped property. This 2019 Alicia (played by El Salvadoran-American actress Denyse Tontz) isn’t facing arranged marriage, but is nevertheless tasked with
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Dee Rees To Write & Direct New Fantasy Musical ‘The Kyd’s Exquisite Follies’ With Music From Santigold

Dee Rees To Write & Direct New Fantasy Musical ‘The Kyd’s Exquisite Follies’ With Music From Santigold
Without question, Dee Rees is one of the best filmmakers working today. After the success of her Netflix film “Mudbound,” which earned her an Oscar nomination, she’s also proving herself to be one of the most active directors around. Not letting up the gas at all, Rees is finishing up her “Mudbound” follow-up film, “The Last Thing He Wanted,” and is already developing her newest feature, “The Kyd’s Exquisite Follies,” which sounds like her most ambitious project yet.

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Marisa Tomei Skipped Cannes to Do ABC’s ‘All In the Family’ Live, and Found a Fresh Challenge

Marisa Tomei Skipped Cannes to Do ABC’s ‘All In the Family’ Live, and Found a Fresh Challenge
Marisa Tomei was planning to go to the Cannes Film Festival to promote her role opposite Isabelle Huppert in “Frankie” when Norman Lear called her cell phone. The 96-year-old “All in the Family” creator was planning a one-of-a-kind live broadcast of his treasured ABC sitcom, alongside its spinoff, “The Jeffersons,” on May 22. He wanted Tomei to portray bigoted family man Archie Bunker’s wife, Edith, a role originally played by Jean Stapleton for a decade.

“I couldn’t wrap my head around it at all,” Tomei said over lunch in Manhattan’s West Village a month after the broadcast. “I just thought none of this should be done in any format again. It was so perfect. Why are we even talking about this?”

Eventually, she relented, and the result is one of the most fascinating curveballs in the Tomei’s nearly 40-year career. As Edith, the actress buried herself under
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‘The Boys’ Nsfw Trailer: They’re Like The Spice Girls, If The Spice Girls Murdered Superheroes & Swore A Lot

‘The Boys’ Nsfw Trailer: They’re Like The Spice Girls, If The Spice Girls Murdered Superheroes & Swore A Lot
There’s no denying that Amazon’s upcoming superhero series “The Boys” is mean-spirited. You can’t watch five seconds of any of the marketing materials, including the most recent, profanity-filled, blood-soaked trailer, without knowing that this new series isn’t interested in playing nice.

And in the new trailer, you get the general premise of “The Boys.” The series follows The Butcher and his group of vigilantes, as they hunt down and murder superheroes.

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Pixar Vs. Studio Ghibli: Film Critics Pick the World’s Best Animation Studio

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

Pixar and Studio Ghibli are undeniably the two most preeminent animation studios since the golden age of Disney. One has turned 3D animation into the medium’s dominant aesthetic, and — with this week’s release of “Toy Story 4” — will soon have their fourth $1 billion-grossing film. The other is a more traditional (and director-driven) powerhouse that has enchanted audiences in Japan and around the world for more than 30 years, though its future remains unclear after the death of co-founder Isao Takahata and the semi-retirement of godhead Hayao Miyazaki (who’s currently hard at work on a new Ghibli feature that will be released in time with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics).

The world is wide enough for both Pixar and Ghibli, but this week’s critics’ survey is not: We asked our panel to pick one,
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‘The Return of Martin Guerre’ Trailer: French Identity Drama Gets New 4K Restoration

When it comes to stories about medieval identity theft in France, the tale of Martin Guerre’s life has to be the king. Based on true events, the story has been told in books, plays, opera, and two films. So it clearly resonates, and is not going away anytime soon, but the best telling is still undoubtedly Daniel Vigne’s 1982 film “The Return of Martin Guerre.”

The movie tells the story of a soldier who returns to his small town after a brutal war and displays more wisdom and compassion than he had ever exhibited in the past. While he can recall intimate details from his life, his small town has a hard time believing he is the same Martin Guerre they once knew. His wife and family begin to suspect that he is an imposter, and he is taken to court for theft of identity.

It also comes with a bit of film trivia,
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