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Robert Pattinson-Margaret Qualley Thriller ‘The Stars at Noon’ Sells to A24

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Robert Pattinson-Margaret Qualley Thriller ‘The Stars at Noon’ Sells to A24
A24 has bought North American rights to the thriller “The Stars at Noon,” starring Robert Pattinson and Margaret Qualley.

Claire Denis is attached to direct, and wrote the screenplay with Lea Mysius and Andrew Litvack, based on Denis Johnson’s 1986 novel.

The deal was announced Tuesday on the eve of the Berlin Film Festival, where Wild Bunch is launching international sales on the project. CAA Media Finance brokered the domestic deal. Paris-based Curiosa Films is producing “The Stars at Noon.”

The film, set during the Nicaraguan Revolution in 1984, follows a mysterious English businessman and a headstrong American journalist who strike up a passionate romance. Their situation soon deteriorates and they attempt to escape the country, with only each other to trust and rely on.

Pattinson is currently shooting “The Batman” for Warner Bros. Denis’ credits include “35 Shots of Rum” and “High Life,” which also starred Pattinson and was bought by A24.

Qualley,
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Dexter Fletcher to Direct Remake of Val Kilmer Action Film ‘The Saint’ at Paramount

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Dexter Fletcher to Direct Remake of Val Kilmer Action Film ‘The Saint’ at Paramount
Rocketman” director Dexter Fletcher is set to direct a remake of “The Saint,” the 1997 action film starring Val Kilmer, at Paramount, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Paramount is hoping “The Saint” could kick off a franchise, as the film is based on the globe-trotting 1920s novel series by Leslie Charteris.

Philip Noyce directed the 1997 film that starred Kilmer as Simon Templar, a thief for hire also known as The Saint, who is hired to steal the secret process for cold fusion. But the latest job ends up putting him at odds with a man bent on toppling the Russian government, as well as the woman who holds the secret.

Dexter Fletcher will direct from the most recent draft of the script by Seth Grahame-Smith. Lorenzo Dibonaventura is producing, and Brad Krevoy
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Box Office: 'Parasite' Heads for Huge $50M-Plus in U.S. After Historic Oscar Win

Box Office: 'Parasite' Heads for Huge $50M-Plus in U.S. After Historic Oscar Win
Bong Joon Ho's Parasite continued to make headlines following its historic Oscar best picture victory.

Over the long Presidents Day holiday, the South Korean dark comedy-thriller made its biggest push yet in the U.S., expanding from 1,060 locations to 2,001. The move paid off as Parasite raced up the chart to No. 7 with $6.8 million — the film's top weekend gross to date (indie distributor Neon first opened the film in select arthouse cinemas in early October).

Globally, Parasite celebrated its Academy Award victory by zooming past the $200 million mark for Cj Entertainment despite the ...
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Box Office: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Wakes Paramount From Hibernation

Box Office: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Wakes Paramount From Hibernation
Waiting and hedging its bets proved to be worth it for Paramount.

Over the long Presidents Day weekend, Sonic the Hedgehog zoomed past expectations to a $70 million debut — the studio's biggest domestic opening since Mission: Impossible — Fallout over 18 months ago.

Every Hollywood studio has its ups and downs at the box office, but Paramount has endured a dismal run, topped by big-budget misses such as Gemini Man and Terminator: Dark Fate in late 2019 (both films were produced and co-financed by partner Skydance).

Sonic marks an important victory for Paramount and studio chairman Jim Gianopulos after scoring the ...
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‘Three Billboards’ Director Martin McDonagh Sets Up Next Film at Searchlight (Exclusive)

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‘Three Billboards’ Director Martin McDonagh Sets Up Next Film at Searchlight (Exclusive)
Three years after the release of his Oscar best picture nominee “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” director Martin McDonagh has lined up his next project, an untitled feature film about a friendship gone sour in Ireland.

McDonagh is reuniting with Disney’s Searchlight and the UK-based Film4, the companies behind “Three Billboards” and Academy Award winner “The Favourite” starring Olivia Colman. Searchlight has worldwide distribution rights on the project.

A cast has not been finalized yet on McDonagh’s new film, according to sources, but production is set to begin this year. The movie follows two lifelong pals on a remote Irish isle. At an impasse, one abruptly ends the friendship, resulting in alarming consequences for both.

McDonagh will serve as writer and director, and produce with Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin through their Blueprint Pictures. Executive producers include Diarmuid McKeown, Ben Knight, Daniel Battsek, and Ollie Madden.

Film4 has backed McDonagh his entire career,
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Charles Portis, ‘True Grit’ Novelist, Dies at 86

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Charles Portis, ‘True Grit’ Novelist, Dies at 86
Charles Portis, the author whose 1968 novel “True Grit” inspired two beloved big-screen Westerns, died Monday at the age of 86.

The Arkansas native had struggled with failing health for several years, according to his brother, Jonathan, who confirmed the death to the Arkansas Times.

His biggest success was the 1968 novel “True Grit,” the story of a young farm girl who hires a drunken lawman to catch the outlaw who murdered her father. They go on a quest along with a Texas Ranger to track down the villain, and on that adventure, the strength of their “grit” is tested.

The novel inspired Henry Hathaway’s 1969 film, which earned John Wayne the Oscar for Best Actor. The Coen brothers’ 2010 adaptation, starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld, earned 10 Oscar nominations — but went home empty-handed that year.

Also Read: 'M*A*S*H' Actress Kellye Nakahara Dies After Battle With Cancer

Portis’ other work includes comic fiction like “Norwood,
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Martin Scorsese Talks About His Next Film, ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’; Calls It a Western

Martin Scorsese Talks About His Next Film, ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’; Calls It a Western
In his 50-plus year career as a filmmaker, Martin Scorsese has never directed a western. But that’s about to change with his next movie, Killers of the Flower Moon, which reunites him with his two muse movie stars: Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Read Scorsese’s comments on the new film below. View this post on Instagram […]

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Ben Affleck Says Friends Worried He’d ‘Drink Himself to Death’ If He Didn’t Give Up Batman

Ben Affleck Says Friends Worried He’d ‘Drink Himself to Death’ If He Didn’t Give Up Batman
Ben Affleck said last year one of the reasons he gave up his role as Batman/Bruce Wayne after two Warner Bros. tentpoles was because he “couldn’t crack” the script for the Caped Crusader’s standalone superhero movie “The Batman.” While that may be true, Affleck gives a far more personal reason for giving up Batman in a New York Times profile that dropped ahead of the theatrical release of the actor’s upcoming drama “The Way Back.” The Times spoke with Affleck about his decision to exit his Batman role and reports that “the troubled shoot for ‘Justice League’ had sapped his interest” in helming a standalone Batman movie.

Affleck starred as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Zack Snyder-directed “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League,” both of which were widely panned by film critics. “Justice League” was also a box office disappointment, grossing just under $250 million in the U.
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First Look at Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Series ‘Halston’ Reveals Ewan McGregor as Famous Designer

First Look at Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Series ‘Halston’ Reveals Ewan McGregor as Famous Designer
Superproducer Ryan Murphy just revealed the first footage of his upcoming limited series Halston, about the famed fashion designer who rose to prominence in the 1970s. Murphy dropped the footage into a post on his Instagram account, and while “it’s just Ewan McGregor wearing fantastic clothing in a music video for 'Love Is the Drug'” is technically an accurate description, it in no way diminishes it from being a glorious piece of art. McGregor stars as Halston, with a supporting cast that includes Rebecca Davan as Elsa Peretti, Krysta Rodriguez as Liza …
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‘The Saint’: ‘Rocketman’s Dexter Fletcher to Direct Paramount’s Thriller Remake

Since 2016, Paramount Pictures has been interested in producing a new version of The Saint, which began as a series of novels before becoming a TV series starring future James Bond actor Roger Moore and then a big budget movie in 1997 starring Val Kilmer. Now Paramount has finally found its The Saint remake director: […]

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Alicia Silverstone comedy joins Premiere Entertainment Group Efm sales roster (exclusive)

Amy Miller Gross directed and produced for Mandorla Productions.

Premiere Entertainment Group has bolstered its Efm sales slate with worldwide rights to wedding comedy The Pleasure Of Your Presence starring Alicia Silverstone.

Tom Everett Scott (Parental Guidance), Jake Hoffman (The Irishman), and Mathilde Ollivier (Overlord) are among the key cast on the story about a woman (Silverstone) who tries to halt to her brother’s marriage to a much younger French woman over the course of their wedding weekend in the Hamptons.

Amy Miller Gross directed from her original screenplay, and produced for Mandorla Productions alongside Andrew Carlberg and Tim Harms,
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Daily Podcast: Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges Reunion, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Escape From New York Remake, and More

On the February 18, 2020 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall and writer Hoai-Tran Bui to discuss the latest film and TV news, including Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Leigh Whannell’s Escape from New York remake, The Saint reboot director, and Martin McDonagh’s new […]

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Bong Joon-ho’s Interpreter is Not Writing a Film About Awards Season [Updated]

Update: In a piece for Variety reflecting on her experience interpreting for Bong Joon-ho over the past several months, Sharon Choi says she is not, in fact, writing a movie about awards season. Here’s an excerpt: Empathy bridges the gap between the perpetual “others.” And to feel a little less lonely is why I want […]

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Theme Park Bits: Animal Kingdom’s Earth Day Celebration, a Monorail Book, and More

Theme Park Bits: Animal Kingdom’s Earth Day Celebration, a Monorail Book, and More
In this edition of Theme Park Bits: Animal Kingdom prepares a multi-day Earth Day celebration. The expansion of Disney monorails may soon pause. And more! Every April means a new Earth Day celebration, but this year will be very special indeed. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom is going […]

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Ana de Armas Teases Groundbreaking ‘Blonde’ Role: ‘A Cuban Playing Marilyn Monroe’

Ana de Armas Teases Groundbreaking ‘Blonde’ Role: ‘A Cuban Playing Marilyn Monroe’
Fresh off a Golden Globe nomination for her acclaimed performance in Rian Johnson’s murder mystery “Knives Out” (a worldwide box office hit with over $300 million), Ana de Armas is gearing up for her biggest year yet with high profile roles in the upcoming James Bond tentpole “No Time to Die” and Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde.” The latter is the first narrative feature in eight years from “The Assassination of Jesse James” and “Killing Them Softly” director Dominik, who handpicked de Armas to be his leading lady. “Blonde” is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel that takes a fictionalized look at the inner life of Marilyn Monroe. Becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest icons is no easy task for de Armas, but she tells Vanity Fair that the chance for a Cuban actress to play an American icon was too history-making to pass on.

“I only had to audition for
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The Collider.com Podcast: Episode 246 – ‘Birds of Prey’ and Debating ‘Batman: Mask of the Phantasm’

This week on The Collider.com Podcast, we're talking about a couple of DC movies. First up we talk about Birds of Prey, how to measure its success, where it succeeds, what the future might hold for these characters, upcoming DC movies, and more. We then look to the past to discuss Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, which Adam recently watched and thought was only okay despite the film's cult status among superhero movie fans. Click on the respective link to find us on iTunes. If you like the show, please leave us a review on iTunes along …
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Plot Details Revealed for Taika Waititi, Jude Law’s New Showtime Series ‘The Auteur’

Late on Friday afternoon, Collider reported that Taika Waititi and Jude Law were teaming for a new Showtime series called The Auteur. The timing wasn't ideal, not just because it was a Friday afternoon, but because it was Valentine's Day, and the start of a long holiday weekend. Showtime wasn't exactly happy with us, but if a story is true and newsworthy, it's our duty to publish it. Of course, this means that, sometimes, we don't have all the details, and with regards to The Auteur, I had a feeling it was based on the …
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Watch Billie Eilish Perform the James Bond Theme ‘No Time to Die’ at the Brit Awards

Watch Billie Eilish Perform the James Bond Theme ‘No Time to Die’ at the Brit Awards
Billie Eilish made her first live performance of the theme from the new James Bond film, “No Time to Die,” at the Brit Awards in London on Monday night. She was joined for the performance by her brother Finneas, as usual, along with former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and superstar film composer Hans Zimmer, both of whom contributed to the studio version of the song.

Most impressively, Eilish nailed the challenging high note at the end of the song — watch the performance below.

Last week, the singer dropped the studio version of the song, from the film of the same name that out April 10. The song is the second she and brother/musical collaborator Finneas have dropped since the spring release of her blockbuster debut full-length, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” after “Everything I Wanted,” which dropped late last year.

No Time to Die” is slow and ominous,
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Ben Affleck Opens Up about Why He Left ‘The Batman’

Ben Affleck Opens Up about Why He Left ‘The Batman’
The internet was aflutter last week when our first look at Robert Pattinson in the upcoming film The Batman was released online, but in an alternate universe we’d be getting a look at Ben Affleck in his first standalone Batman movie. After much coaxing from Warner Bros., Affleck agreed in 2016 to direct The Batman from a script he was working on with Geoff Johns. The film was intended to follow Justice League, which would be Affleck’s second Batman movie after his debut as a grizzled version of the caped crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. …
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Martin McDonagh’s Next Movie is Titled ‘The Banshees Of Inisheer,’ Will Reunite His ‘In Bruges’ Stars

Martin McDonagh’s Next Movie is Titled ‘The Banshees Of Inisheer,’ Will Reunite His ‘In Bruges’ Stars
Three years after he shook up Hollywood and swept Oscar season with his 2017 hit Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, director Martin McDonagh is heading back home for his next film. In more ways than one: The British-Irish director’s next film, which will take place in his native Ireland, will reunite McDonagh with his In Bruges stars Colin Farrell […]

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