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‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ Director in Talks to Return for Reboot Starring Josh Gad (Exclusive)

‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ Director in Talks to Return for Reboot Starring Josh Gad (Exclusive)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” director Joe Johnston is in negotiations to helm Disney’s upcoming reboot of the film franchise, “Shrunk,” with Josh Gad in talks to star.

Gad pitched the story idea to Disney earlier this year, and the studio jumped on board the idea of reviving the classic 1989 pic starring Rick Moranis. “Shrunk” will mark the third sequel following the original film, with “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” and direct-to-video “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves” bowing in 1992 and 1997, respectively. Johnston was not involved with either film.

The studio met with other directors but felt bringing Johnston back was a perfect fit for all involved. David Hoberman is producing, with Todd Rosenberg penning the script.

In the original film, Moranis plays Wayne Szalinski, a scientist and father who accidentally shrinks his teenage son and daughter, along with the two brothers from next door, to just a quarter of an inch in size.
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Jessica Chastain in Talks to Join Ralph Fiennes in ‘The Forgiven’ (Exclusive)

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Jessica Chastain in Talks to Join Ralph Fiennes in ‘The Forgiven’ (Exclusive)
Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to star alongside Ralph Fiennes and Caleb Landry Jones in “The Forgiven,” an adaptation of the novel by Lawrence Osborne, Variety has learned.

John Michael McDonagh will be directing the film, which deals with the impact of a tragic accident on the lives of an English couple attending a lavish weekend party at a luxurious desert villa in Morocco. Saïd Taghmaoui, Rebecca Hall and Mark Strong complete the cast.

Chastain is in talks to star in the film as Fiennes’ wife, sources say. The two previously starred together in “Coriolanus” in 2011.

Production is slated to begin early next year in Morocco. Elizabeth Eves will produce alongside McDonagh through their production company, House of Un-American Activities. CAA, which arranged financing, is representing the U.S. rights, while Imr International is handling foreign rights. Karim Debbagh’s Tangier-based Kasbah Films has been tapped as line producer on “The Forgiven.
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Sundance 2020 Lineup Includes Taylor Swift, Gloria Steinem Films

Sundance 2020 Lineup Includes Taylor Swift, Gloria Steinem Films
Oscar nominees such as Glenn Close, Viggo Mortensen, Ethan Hawke, and Benedict Cumberbatch will appear alongside newcomers at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, according to the lineup of 118 feature films announced Wednesday.

The Utah-based festival will kick off Jan. 23 with several day-one films, including highly anticipated music documentary “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana,” and run through Sunday, Feb. 2.

Director Julie Taymor’s starry Gloria Steinem biopic, “The Glorias,” alone features Alicia Vikander, Julianne Moore, and Janelle Monáe. Another high-profile premiere, “The Father,” co-stars Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, while Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo topline former Pixar director Brenda Chapman’s live-action debut, “Come Away.” Fox Searchlight will debut “Downhill,” a remake of 2014 art-house hit “Force Majeure,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell as the vacationing couple impacted by the husband’s cowardly reaction to a sudden avalanche.

“We have lots of returning alumni this year, which really says a
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‘The White House Plumbers’: Woody Harrelson & Justin Theroux To Star In Watergate Scandal Miniseries For HBO

While HBO might not be the only game in town when you talk about prestige TV dramas, the network still might take the crown as the best platform to find quality programs. And with the upcoming “The White House Plumbers,” the premium network continues to stake its claim as the first place viewers should go for the best series starring the very best actors.

According to THR, Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux have signed on to star in the upcoming miniseries, “The White House Plumbers.” The mini is said to follow the true story of the two men that inadvertently took down the Richard Nixon presidency by staging the Watergate burglary, which was meant to protect the leader.

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The Clock Tower: Here’s What You Need to Know to Prepare For ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’

(Welcome to The Clock Tower, where we’ll break down the goings on of the The CW network’s Arrowverse. We’ll touch on things like themes, cultural impact, lead-ins to major events, ships, and more every other week! Warning: this Clock Tower is filled with spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.) Okay, so, no one panic. But […]

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Arclight strikes major deals led by UK on Daniel Radcliffe thriller 'Escape From Pretoria' (exclusive)

Hamilton Entertainment, BeaglePug, Footprint Films, and Enriched Media Group produce Australia-uk co-pro.

Gary Hamilton’s Arclight Films has struck major new deals on the Daniel Radcliffe true-life prison break thriller Escape From Pretoria led by a sale to Signature in the UK.

Besides the UK, rights have also gone in Australia/New Zealand (NBC Universal) and Latin America (Turner). Additional recent deals include Benelux (Dfw), Scandinavia and Iceland (Mis. Label), Italy (Minerva), Japan (At Entertainment), Poland (Monolith), South Korea (Scene & Sound), Portugal (Films4You), Turkey (Sayez Films), and Israel (Shoval).

Arclight previously announced completed deals with: Ksm GmbH for Germany, Top Film for Cis,
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Alfre Woodard Reflects on Her First Oscar Nomination and Her Career So Far

Alfre Woodard Reflects on Her First Oscar Nomination and Her Career So Far
When Alfre Woodard was 22, she drove from Boston to Los Angeles, only stopping in her Tulsa, Okla., hometown. The four-time Emmy winner, now 67, has been acting ever since. Woodard’s career began in theater, despite her inability to sing or dance, with help from late choreographer Lester Wilson. An early play, “So Nice, They Named It Twice,” earned Woodard her first Variety mention on April 21, 1976. Woodard continued with the 1977 off-Broadway breakout role in “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” Her film debut came in 1978 with “Remember My Name.” Woodard has appeared in over 90 films, her latest as the leading actor of Neon’s “Clemency,” a drama about a death row prison warden.

How did “So Nice” influence your early career?

Rosemary Tischler, the head of casting at The Public Theater, would see me at the Tcg (Theatre Communications Group) and remembered me. I told her,
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'1917' producer/co-financier New Republic names Bradley J. Fischer president

New hire first worked with Brian Oliver on Black Swan.

Shutter Island, Zodiac and Suspiria producer Bradley J. Fischer has joined Brian Oliver’s 1917 and Rocketman producer/co-financier New Republic as president and chief content officer in a multi-year deal that sees him bring over a development slate.

Fischer and Oliver first worked together on Black Swan and will produce all projects at Paramount-based New Republic including film, television and digital content. Fischer will continue to produce his pre-existing projects, including the Stephen King (as Richard Bachman) adaptation of The Long Walk at New Line, and The Last Voyage Of The Demeter at Amblin.
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‘Troop Zero’ Trailer: Viola Davis Takes On Allison Janney In Amazon’s Sundance Standout

Much like Netflix, Amazon has become one of the biggest buyers of projects that come out of the annual film festival circuit. And one of those purchases from this year, “Troop Zero,” is finally making its way to the streaming service in early 2020.

Read More: ‘Troop Zero’ Deserves A Merit Badge As A Solid, Diverse Feel-Good Comedy [AFI Review]

Troop Zero,” as the new trailer shows, is about a young girl that dreams of the stars in 1977.

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The 25 Best Films Of 2019

So here we are suddenly, after all that fuss, in December — the nursing home of the year — looking back with wistfulness, regret and not a little self-mythologizing at the friends we made and betrayed, the tall tales we’ve heard and the, um, houses we’ve painted in the year of our Lord 2019. That’s right, I am comparing the compilation of The Playlist’s Best Films of 2019 list to the mental reckoning of a lonely, aging mob hitman who may or may not have been involved with the death of Jimmy Hoffa.

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‘Little Women’ Review: Greta Gerwig Crafts a Vibrant Retelling of the Classic Novel

Before watching Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women, I sat down with Gillian Armstrong’s 1994 adaptation. This was helpful in getting the plot beats of the story, but also seeing how much Gerwig leaves her own stamp on the material. Armstrong’s version is good for what it is, but it feels a bit like visiting a historical preservation site. Everything is pristine with signs off to the side saying “Do not touch.” Gerwig goes for a more immediate approach, carefully walking the line between period picture and anachronistic update. This tightrope …
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Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac Are Done With ‘Star Wars’ After ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

Nothing ever ends with Star Wars. A universe that began back in 1977, Star Wars has expanded from the big screen to conquer TV, comics, books, video games, and now, streaming. With Disney+ opening the door for more Star Wars stories to be told after the wild success of the streaming platform’s inaugural series The Mandalorian, could we see […]

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Brad Pitt Spirals Into the Void in ‘Ad Astra’ Mondo Poster

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Brad Pitt Spirals Into the Void in ‘Ad Astra’ Mondo Poster
Director James Gray’s ambitious space odyssey “Ad Astra” was released back in September, and while its Oscar and year-end buzz has quieted, the science-fiction epic has all the makings of a cult classic to be revered for eternity. In tribute to the film starring Brad Pitt as an astronaut and lonely island of a man on a dark night of the soul across the cosmos on an elusive mission, illustrator Greg Ruth has created a Mondo poster that captures the dizzying spirit of Gray’s cosmic tone poem. Check out the full poster, exclusive to IndieWire, below.

“I was lucky enough to catch ‘Ad Astra’ in the theaters early on, and fell in love with the themes of the film right away,” said Ruth. “It’s rare to see a film set in this uncompromising, expansive landscape that is so vast and overwhelming tell a story that is at all times quiet,
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‘Justice League’ Cinematographer Says Theatrical Cut Threw Out 90% of Zack Snyder’s Footage

‘Justice League’ Cinematographer Says Theatrical Cut Threw Out 90% of Zack Snyder’s Footage
Zack Snyder went viral this week after posting a photo of film containers that seemingly contain the much-discussed “Justice League” Snyder cut. Snyder’s post was an attempt to end the debate over whether or not the Snyder cut exists. The director exited “Justice League” after a family tragedy and Joss Whedon was hired by Warner Bros. to oversee reshoots and postproduction. Whedon was also tasked with lightening up the film’s tone. During a recent Q&a (via ScreenRant), the original “Justice League” cinematographer Fabian Wagner weighed in on the recent Snyder cut buzz by saying, “If there is a Snyder cut, I hope it’s better than the one that is out now.”

Wagner has long been critical of Whedon’s “Justice League.” In an interview over the summer, Wagner said he cried all the way through watching Whedon’s drastically different version of the film than Snyder’s.
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‘Troop Zero’ Trailer Pits Allison Janney Against Viola Davis

After screening at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Amazon Studios bought Troop Zero, the indie dramedy from rising directorial duo Bert & Bertie. Now, you can watch the first trailer of the film that feels like Moonrise Kingdom meets The Bad News Bears. [caption id="attachment_854706" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Amazon Studios/caption] Set in 1977, Troop Zero stars Mckenna Grace (Gifted) as Christmas Flint, a young, precocious child who has a single father (Jim Gaffigan) and a ton of dreams. When the well-known local Birdie Troops get the opportunity to be part of a memento sent …
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Jon Favreau Plans on ‘The Mandalorian’ Filling in Key ‘Star Wars’ Story Gaps

The new Star Wars live-action series The Mandalorian, now on Disney+ , is quickly becoming one of the biggest shows airing on television or on a streaming service. Between wondering when the titular Mandalorian bounty hunter played by Pedro Pascal will ever take his helmet off to cooing over Baby Yoda (known on the show as "The Child"), it's hard not to get hyped for new episodes to see where the story will take us next. For series creator Jon Favreau, the question of where The Mandalorian story is going is very much on his mind right now as …
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You Can Buy a 100-Page ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Comic Based on the CW Crossover

From December 8 through December 10, the CW is giving comic book fans quite the holiday gift: A multi-series spanning crossover adaptation of the iconic Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline from DC. On the 8th, Supergirl begins part one. On the 9th, Batwoman takes part two. And on the 10th, The Flash finishes with part three. Is that enough Crisis on Infinite Earths content for you? Of course not! That's why DC is giving us a giant, 100-page Crisis on Infinite Earths comic based directly on the CW crossover, only at Wal-Mart. The new comic book …
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Michael Winterbottom Explains How Sony Cut The Original Ending Of His Satire ‘Greed’ As The New Trailer Premieres

After watching the first trailer for the upcoming film “Greed,” the title is clearly no misnomer. The satire is very much a look at greed and how terrible it is, through the use of a fictional retail billionaire that needs to salvage his public image by throwing a massive party. You know, because nothing says “great guy, totally not greedy” like a lavish, star-studded private party on an island in Greece.

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‘Little Joe’ Review: A Disquieting and Precise Blend of Sci-Fi, Horror, and Human Drama

‘Little Joe’ Review: A Disquieting and Precise Blend of Sci-Fi, Horror, and Human Drama
Maybe it’s the success of TV’s Black Mirror, maybe it’s just the general state of the world, but it feels a bit like we need our high-concept science fiction delivered to us in purely dystopian form. Technological advances are inherently suspicious, the conventional wisdom seems to suggest. Our humanity alone might not be enough to […]

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Saoirse Ronan, Julia Fox and More Actors Discuss the Women Who Inspired Them

Saoirse Ronan, Julia Fox and More Actors Discuss the Women Who Inspired Them
In her first film role, Julia Fox blazes into “Uncut Gems” as Julia, the ambitious but loyal mistress of Adam Sandler’s jeweler. It’s a complex character the audience can’t always read.

To play Julia, Fox says she had a couple inspirations. “My younger self, for sure,” she admits. “Looking at myself retrospectively, how I survived, how I was reactionary as my surroundings were ever changing and I didn’t have time to make thought out choices. My growth was quick, forced and dynamic. Julia and I are similar in that we are both survivors, we are fiercely loyal to the ones we love and we are the most charming hustlers.”

But there’s another person who inspired the performance. “I also channeled Sharon Stone in ‘Casino,’ before she went off the deep end,” says Fox.

Another character both lovable and frustrating is Rose-Lynn Harlan, the single mother
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