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Rian Johnson Fires Back At Star Wars: The Last Jedi Diversity Haters

You’d think that after almost two years, the controversy surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Rian Johnson’s bold risks to take the story on a different path would subside, but the director’s new comments prove that we may not be able to move on after all.

To be fair though, no Star Wars movie has been received with unanimous praise or backlash. Ever since the premiere of The Empire Strikes Back, the level of involvement from the fans has led to many questions and debates about the creators’ artistic choices. The politically-charged Prequel Trilogy also left a very bad impression by receiving mixed reactions from both critics and fans at the time they were released.

But when Disney took over in 2012, the domain for such debates changed drastically, mostly owing to today’s political landscape. In fact, not all fans despise the Sequel Trilogy out of personal preferences,
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King of the Jungle Gets Zac Efron as Wired Magazine Investigator Ari Furman

  • MovieWeb
King of the Jungle Gets Zac Efron as Wired Magazine Investigator Ari Furman
Zac Efron has officially signed on to star as Ari Furman in King of the Jungle.&#160 Writing/directing duo Glenn Ficarra and John are on board to direct the script by Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning writing duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.&#160 Stx Films is in negotiations for the domestic rights, with MadRiver International continuing sales at the Afm next week.

Zac Efron (The Greatest Showman) will play real-life investigator Ari Furman in King of the Jungle, which is based on a true story published in Cond&#233 Nast's Wired magazine by Joshua Davis. Longtime writing and directing duo Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are on board to direct the script by Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning writing duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Charlie Gogolak will produce. Casting for the role of John McAfee is currently underway with start of principal photography slated for early 2020.

The film is from Cond&#233 Nast Entertainment,
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Afm 2019 Hot Market Debuts: Channing Tatum, Rachel Weisz, Zac Efron, Jessica Chastain Starrers & Plenty Of Action Flicks

  • Deadline
Afm 2019 Hot Market Debuts: Channing Tatum, Rachel Weisz, Zac Efron, Jessica Chastain Starrers & Plenty Of Action Flicks
A combination of star vehicles and high-octane action pics dominate our 2019 list of hot Afm market debuts.

Several glossy packages have come together in the last week: Channing Tatum is playing an Army Ranger with a canine buddy in road-trip comedy Dog; Rachel Weisz will star as Elizabeth Taylor in activism-focused tale A Special Relationship; Zac Efron is tracking John McAfee in the jungle in comedy King Of The Jungle; and Jessica Chastain will play a tormented artist in Losing Clementine. The market now looks well-stocked with titles that should pique buyers’ interest.

Last year, our Afm list had 3/24 projects with female directors, and it’s the exact same stat this year on our 25-strong roster, so no improvement there.

True stories seem to be in vogue. The Efron pic is based on a Wired article, Pathe has an art
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Zac Efron joins McAfee comedy biopic ‘King of the Jungle’

  • HeyUGuys
Zac Efron has jumped on board the comedy biopic ‘King of the Jungle’, a film focused on the anti-virus tech guru John McAfee.

Efron will play the role of Wired magazine investigator Ari Furman who accepts an interview assignment with McAfee and soon finds himself pulled into escalating paranoia, slippery reality, and murder.

Both Johnny Depp, Michael Keaton and Seth Rogen were at one time attached to the project. Depp was initially set to play the role of McAfee and was later replaced by Keaton. Rogen was down to play the role which Efron has now stepped into. Currently, apart from Efron, the project is still looking for its cast.

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The feature is based on Joshua Davis Wired magazine article ‘John McAfee’s Last Stand. McAfee cashed in his fortune, left civilization, and moved to the jungle in Belize,
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Zac Efron to essay the role of investigator in his next

Actor Zac Efron will be seen in the role of investigator in the comedy "King of the Jungle".

Filmmakers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are on board to direct the film from a screenplay by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, reports deadline.com.

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The project is based on an article by Joshua Davis published in Wired magazine about the wild true story of rogue tech magnate John McAfee, creator of the McAfee Antivirus software, who cashed-in his fortune, left civilization and moved to the jungle in Belize.

He set up a compound of guns, sex and madness there.

In the film, wired journalist Ari Furman (Efron) accepts what he thinks is a run-of-the-mill assignment to interview McAfee, but once he arrives in Belize, he finds himself pulled into McAfee's escalating paranoia, slippery reality and murder.
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Zac Efron to Star in ‘King of the Jungle’ About Tech Magnate John McAfee

  • The Wrap
Zac Efron to Star in ‘King of the Jungle’ About Tech Magnate John McAfee
Zac Efron is attached to star in “King of the Jungle,” a film based on tech magnate John McAfee, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The film will be based on a Wired magazine article. Efron is set to play the reporter of the article that was about McAfee, who created the McAfee Antivirus software and then cashed in his fortune and moved to a jungle in Belize.

In “King of the Jungle,” journalist Ari Furman (Efron) thinks he’s going to Belize on an assignment to interview McAfee, but soon finds himself pulled into dangerous territory.

Also Read: 'Extremely Wicked' Director Joe Berlinger on Making Ted Bundy Film, Doc Series Simultaneously (Video)

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are directing, based on a screenplay by writing duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

Charlie Gogolak is producing the film with Conde Nast Entertainment, Ficarra and Requa’s Zaftig Films,
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Sundance Institute Announces 2020 Momentum Fellows and Launch Grant Fund Recipients — Exclusive

  • Indiewire
The Sundance Institute the finalists for the second edition of its Momentum Fellowship, a full-year program of customized creative and professional support for writers, directors, and producers from underrepresented communities who work in the fields of documentary, narrative features, and episodic content. The Institute also announced the recipients of its Launch Grant Fund, a new opportunity for emerging filmmakers from underrepresented communities launching their first feature film.

The 2020 Momentum Fellows are Andrew Ahn, Linda Yvette Chávez, Christina Choe, Deborah Esquenazi, Rodney Evans, Penny Lane, Avril Z. Speaks, and Malika Zouhali-Worrall. The 2020 Launch Grant Fund Recipients are Marion Hill, Meryam Joobeur, Anais Blondet Medina and Kase Peña.

The program evolved from the Women at Sundance Fellowship, and takes a more intersectional approach, applying to artists identifying as women, non-binary and/or transgender, artists of color, and artists with disabilities.

As part of the Momentum Fellowship, Sundance Institute has once again partnered
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Taika Waititi Says Thor: Love And Thunder Will "Double Down on How Nuts Ragnarok Was"

Director Taika Waititi ended up delivering a very different kind of Marvel movie with Thor: Ragnarok. The fans weren’t expecting how crazy that movie ended up being, but for the most part, they loved it! It was loaded with great action, hilarious comedy, and wonderfully weird characters.

Well, the filmmaker plans on taking Thor: Love and Thunder to a whole new level of craziness. During a recent interview with Wired, Waititi teased:

"It's going to be bigger and louder and more bombastic. It's only interesting to me if we're doubling down on how nuts Ragnarok was."

Well, that sounds exciting! A Thor movie that is going to double down on how nuts Ragnarok was!? Sign me up! I can’t wait to see what the director and his creative team are planning for this!

Chris Hemsworth will return as Thor, Tessa Thompson will play Valkyrie again, and Natalie Portman
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Taika Waititi says Thor: Love and Thunder will be “bigger and louder and more bombastic”

In 2017, director Taika Waititi reinvented the Thor franchise with Thor: Ragnarok by infusing the instalment with more comedy than previously seen from this sub-series. Now, in an interview with Wired, Waititi confirmed Thor: Love and Thunder will double down on how nuts the previous instalment was. “It’s going to be bigger and louder and more bombastic,” Waititi revealed. “It’s only […]

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Avengers: Endgame used CGI suits because of a rushed schedule

Visual Effects Producer Jen Underdahl has revealed that Avengers: Endgame used CGI Quantum Suits because of a tight schedule.

These days, there isn’t a blockbuster without a huge amount of CGI involved to bring its fantastical moments and exciting scenes to life. But CGI is also used in more subtle ways to help out the filmmakers.

On Avengers: Endgame, because of its rushed schedule, they even had to CGI the time suits that the heroes wore as there wasn’t the time to do it practically. Speaking to Wired, Visual Effects Producer Jen Underdahl said:

“The time suits are a combination of Ant-Man, Tony Stark, and Guardians tech. That took quite a while for us to land on. By the time we got a final version, we were already in Principal Photography. We knew we were going to build them anyway, since they had to ‘nano’ on and off with Tony’s tech,
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Why the Avengers: Endgame team-suits and Captain Marvel's uniform was CG

  • JoBlo
As expected, Avengers: Endgame was an extremely visual-effects heavy film, but in addition to bringing various characters and locations to life, the visual effects team also had to step in when the costume department ran out of time to fabricate some of the costumes. The biggest example of this was the white time-suits which many of the Avengers wore, and Visual Effects Producer Jen Underdahl explained to Wired in the above video that they were completely CG. The time suits are a combination of…
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ VFX Breakdown Reveals Thicc Thor Is The Probably The Most Real Thing On Screen In The Superhero Blockbuster

As the “Avengers: Endgame” hype officially dies down, with the home video release of the biggest film of all time, fans have largely applauded the combined efforts of the Russo Brothers, Kevin Feige, and big names in the cast and crew. However, as revealed in a new Wired mini-documentary, the name that has been thus far been left out, but should probably be included up there with the directors and producers, is Jen Underdahl.

Continue reading ‘Avengers: Endgame’ VFX Breakdown Reveals Thicc Thor Is The Probably The Most Real Thing On Screen In The Superhero Blockbuster at The Playlist.
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Was Forced to Use CGI Costumes Because of Strict Filming Schedule

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Was Forced to Use CGI Costumes Because of Strict Filming Schedule
The image above depicts Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) wearing his Quantum Realm suit in Marvel’s record-breaking blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame,” but it turns out that suit isn’t actually real. All of the Quantum Realm suits worn in “Endgame” are VFX creations because the film’s production had to start before the costume design team could finalize what the suits would look like. “EndgameVFX producer Jen Underdahl reveals as much in a new Wired documentary about the extensive special effects work that went into the Marvel movie (via ScreenRant). “Endgame” was shot back-to-back with “Infinity War” and the production had a tight schedule in order to meet the film’s April 2019 release date. Waiting for the costume designers to finalize the suits was not an option.

“The time suits are a combination of Ant-Man, Tony Stark, and Guardians tech. That took quite a while for us to land on,
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Old Man Cap’s Age In Avengers: Endgame Has Been Revealed

There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the final scenes of Avengers: Endgame. Though the fact that Steve Rogers has traveled back to the past to live out a happy life with Peggy Carter works emotionally, it does leave us with a lot of questions about the logistics of it and how it all adds up. For instance, exactly how old is Old Man Cap when he sits by that lakeside and gives Sam Wilson his shield?

Well, after four months, we finally know the answer to this enigma. In a new video from Wired about the special effects of Endgame, it’s confirmed that the elderly Steve is precisely 106 years old. There’s actually a lot we can glean from this information, as well. For one, now we know one more enhancement that the super-soldier serum gave him: a slightly longer lifespan than the average human. Considering he’s that old,
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Avengers: Endgame directors reveal how Doctor Strange saw the alternate scenarios in Infinity War

Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War have explained what lengths Doctor Strange went to in order to see all the different scenarios.

One of the most important moments in Infinity War was when Doctor Strange travelled through all the potential 14 million futures to see how they could defeat Thanos – finding one where they were successful.

What exactly did this entail and how did he pull it off? Well, the directors of Endgame explained all to Wired. Anthony said: “Strange has to exert an immense amount of energy to go into this state and the amount of time he’s in this state, as we know from his history in his own standalone film Doctor Strange, he can be in the state for who knows how long. It could have taken Strange an immensely large time to review all these scenarios.”

Joe added: “He
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Condé Nast Taps Film Veteran Geneva Wasserman as Svp of Motion Pictures

  • Variety
Condé Nast Entertainment hired Geneva Wasserman as senior vice president of motion pictures, overseeing development of the media company’s slate of feature film properties.

Wasserman, a nearly 20-year veteran of the entertainment industry, most recently served as co-founder and executive producer of production firm Project Z Entertainment.

She takes over the role at Cne after the departure earlier this summer of Jeremy Steckler, previously Evp of film at Condé Nast Entertainment, to join Imperative Entertainment as president of film production. Wasserman will be based in L.A. and reports to Oren Katzeff, president of Condé Nast Entertainment.

“Geneva’s mix of creative brilliance and business savvy made her the ideal candidate,” Katzeff said in announcing her hire. “I know she’ll bring an innovative spirit, helping Cne capture the best that this industry has to offer, and pushing us to expand the way we think about filmmaking.”

Wasserman joins
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Avengers: Endgame Director Explains How Bruce Became Smart Hulk

Avengers: Endgame is undoubtedly a success. It’s the highest grossing film (unadjusted for inflation) of all-time, recently passing Fox’s Avatar for the box office crown. What’s more, it successfully capped offed the McU’s Infinity Saga, which consists of 22-films and multiple franchises.

Given that it had so much to tie up, it’s kind of a miracle that things turned out so well. But just because audiences are largely satisfied, doesn’t mean there isn’t any nitpicking happening. One of the most divisive portions of the movie is the transformation of Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk.

Specifically, many were left scratching their heads at the decision to introduce the so called “Smart Hulk,” which combined the best parts of Bruce Banner and the Incredible Hulk into one being. It’s a narrative jump that’s barely explained and were it not for Ruffalo’s easy charisma in the role transition,
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Avengers: Endgame Nova Easter Egg Is Fake News, Directors Admit It Was a Joke

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Avengers: Endgame Nova Easter Egg Is Fake News, Directors Admit It Was a Joke
You can put your remote down and get your finger off that pause button. While it seemed like there was a new Easter egg waiting to be found in Avengers: Endgame, it's fake news. The Russo Brothers confirmed earlier today that Nova makes his McU introduction in the blockbuster sequel. Though, they didn't fully divulged where he could be found. So fans went on the hunt. Now, the directors admit that they were just having some fun with fans, which isn't making a few folks very happy.

"That was actually a joke on our part."

In a new video for Wired Magazine where the brothers break down various fan questions, they seemingly confirmed that Nova is introduced in the big climactic end battle sequence where the dusted heroes return from the Snap. As the portals open, Nova was said to emerge from one of them, to help in the fight against Thanos.
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Aerial combat RPG The Falconeer to arrive on PC in 2020

Wired Productions and indie developer Tomas Sala have announced that the fantasy aerial combat RPG, The Falconeer, will arrive on PC in 2020. The game will be making an appearance at Gamescom this year and a new Gamescom teaser trailer can be seen below.

Set on alien world, The Falconeer will see players explore a beautiful world filled with fascinating locations and take part in aerial combat against a bestiary of fantastic enemies. Equipped with a range of devastating ranged weaponry, players will perform amazing acrobatic twists and turns as they take out enemies from the various factions that are fighting for control of the secrets that lay hidden at the Great Ursee’s unfathomable depths.

“The moment we saw The Falconeer, Tomas’ passion and dedication stood out and we knew we wanted to bring it to the Wired family,” said Leo Zullo, Managing Director, Wired Productions. “The Falconeer’s stunning
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Daniel Radcliffe Explains Why He Won’t Be The McU’s Wolverine

With the X-Men on their way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a few years, fans have been busying themselves trying to find who the best candidate to play the next Wolverine is. One surprising favorite is Daniel Radcliffe, who’s been at the forefront of the conversation since he jokingly addressed the rumors in a video for Wired earlier this year.

However, don’t expect this fan casting to actually come to fruition. In an interview with Yahoo Movies UK to promote Playmobil: The Movie, the Harry Potter star was asked which other iconic characters he’d like to play on the big screen. The actor replied, though, that he’s not necessarily a fan of starring in a remake of a beloved movie or franchise.

“Most of the films that I love I don’t think I would want to see remade. And I certainly don’t think
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