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Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell to Star in Musical Remake of ‘A Christmas Carol’

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Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell to Star in Musical Remake of ‘A Christmas Carol’
Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell are teaming up for yet another filmed adaptation of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol,” this time a musical take on the classic story, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Reynolds and Ferrell will star in the film from the team behind “Daddy’s Home” and “Instant Family,” director John Morris and writer Sean Anders. However, there’s no word on which roles Reynolds and Ferrell are expected to play.

Currently the new “Christmas Carol” is a package with the two stars that is being shopped and does not yet have a studio attached.

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The project is a joint production of Ferrell’s Gloria Sanchez Productions, Reynolds’ Maximum Effort and Mosiac. Anders and Morris are also producing.

There have already been countless adaptations of “A Christmas Carol” about the
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2019 Movie Release Dates Calendar: Here’s What’s Coming to Theaters This Year

To help you keep up to date with all the new movie releases of 2019, we've put together this release calendar that we'll be constantly updating as studios announce new titles, shift movies around, and try to stake their claim on various weekends. Hopefully, you'll find this to be a helpful tool not just for planning, but also to see what movies are competing on the same weekend and when a big title is coming your way. Check out our 2019 release calendar below and sound off in the comments about the movies you're most excited …
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‘The Vast of Night’ Delivers a Slow Burn That Is Both Dazzling and Uniquely Distressful [Fantastic Fest 2019]

‘The Vast of Night’ Delivers a Slow Burn That Is Both Dazzling and Uniquely Distressful [Fantastic Fest 2019]
Certain decades have their own tangible fears. The 1950s possessed a culture of fear that has been explored repeatedly throughout the horror and sci-fi genres. Cold war fears were heavily centered around an aversion to the other, technology, nuclear war, and aliens. There’s a singular simplicity in film and television that captures the emotional impact […]

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‘Rambo: Last Blood’: Sylvester Stallone Leads A Manic Maga Fever Dream & Radicalizing Recruitment Video [Review]

Everything about the Rambo franchise, and especially, the odiously hyper-violent “Rambo: Last Blood” betrays the character Sylvester Stallone helped popularize in the early 80s. Based on the novel by David Morrell, 1982’s “First Blood,” isn’t an action-filled portrait of an American hero fighting a foreign enemy. It’s an emotional, tragic look at a broken soldier coming home and grappling with the psychological trauma of war when there’s no one left to fight.

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‘Hustlers’ Banned by Malaysia

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Malaysia has deemed Lorene Scafaria’s “Hustlers” too vulgar for audiences. The country’s censorship board said no way to the film’s apparent parade of nudity and eroticism. The film’s international distributor confirmed the ban on social media today. See the post below.

Hustlers” last weekend took the second spot at the top-10 box office, beneath “It Chapter Two,” and is currently riding high on rave reviews — as well as Oscar buzz for star Jennifer Lopez, who plays a streetwise stripper who takes ingénue Constance Wu under her wing (and into her fur coat).

The film’s nudity and sex are relatively light, but apparently went too far for Malaysian censors, who have a long history of banning films. “Alien: Covenant,” “Black Swan,” “Bad Moms,” “How to Be Single,” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and, weirdly, “Beauty and the Beast” were all given the ax by Malaysia. Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!
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‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Review: Zach Galifianakis Parodies Bad Ideas on Netflix

‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Review: Zach Galifianakis Parodies Bad Ideas on Netflix
Zach Galifianakis knows audiences love his “Between Two Ferns” interviews just as much as he knows they’ve reached their limit. Three years ago, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, he matter-of-factly described the hit Funny or Die web series as “one note,” admitted he didn’t know what else to do with it, and, after interviewing everyone from Brad Pitt to Barack Obama, said the show had “kind of run it’s course.” He later resurrected the bit to support Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign — much like he interviewed Obama to help Healthcare.org — but the latest incarnation of “Between Two Ferns” isn’t so philanthropic.

“Between Two Ferns: The Movie” knows it shouldn’t exist. Given Netflix money to become more celebrity-decorated Netflix content, writer, and director Scott Aukerman’s 82-minute feature is styled as a mockumentary, using a purposefully flimsy plot to stitch together a
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Costa-Gavras and Cast on Nationality, Identity, and Cinema

Costa-Gavras and Cast on Nationality, Identity, and Cinema
San Sebastian — Though he’s been based in Paris since 1955 and came up through the French film industry, director Costa-Gavras has never forgotten his roots.

“Those who are born Greek,” said the Peloponnese-born filmmaker at a Saturday press conference, “stay Greek all their lives.”

The once-and-always Greek was not just in San Sebastian to present his latest film “The Adults in the Room,” a ripped-from-the-financial pages docudrama about one-time Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis; the filmmaker was also due to receive the festival’s Donostia Award, which he will accept at a ceremony on Saturday evening.

And so the conference assumed a fittingly career-spanning scope, as the 86-year-old filmmaker took questions about his filmography, his collaborators and his views on the current geopolitical climate.

“We need a Charlie Chaplin to make a movie about that Brazilian guy,” Gavras replied when asked about the situation in South America, indicating his disdain
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‘Deerskin’ Review: The Director of ‘Rubber’ Made a Film About Being Obsessed with a Jacket [Tiff 2019]

Have you ever loved a jacket? I mean really loved a jacket? Ruined your life for a coat? Destroyed your marriage and your finances for cool-looking cool-weather clothing? Have the fringes on your outfit caused you to live a fringe existence, evaporating your sanity, and driving you to a rampage? And was your outfit made […]

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Fantastic Fest 2019 Day Two: ‘Color Out of Space’ Redefines What an H.P Lovecraft Movie Can Be, ‘The Death of Dick Long’ is a Wild Story of Tender Idiocy, and ‘Reflections of Evil’ May be One of the Craziest Movies Ever Made

Fantastic Fest 2019 Day Two: ‘Color Out of Space’ Redefines What an H.P Lovecraft Movie Can Be, ‘The Death of Dick Long’ is a Wild Story of Tender Idiocy, and ‘Reflections of Evil’ May be One of the Craziest Movies Ever Made
(Welcome to The Fantastic Fest Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the United States’ largest genre film festival.) Welcome to Fantastic Fest 2019, day two. In this entry, Reflections of Evil is one of the most insane movies ever made, The Death of Dick Long is a surprisingly tender movie […]

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‘The Aeronauts’ Trailer: Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones Take to the Sky to Change the World

‘The Aeronauts’ Trailer: Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones Take to the Sky to Change the World
The Aeronauts, inspired by a true story, focuses on young widow Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and headstrong scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) as they set out to fly a hot air balloon higher than anyone in history, all with the hope of determining whether or not they can predict the weather. A new The Aeronauts […]

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‘In The Tall Grass’: Vincenzo Natali’s New Stephen King-Penned Horror Thriller Is Tense, But Underwhelming [Fantastic Fest Review]

Vincenzo Natali broke onto the horror scene with “Cube,” A high-concept thriller that created a suspenseful sense of claustrophobia amid a sprawling labyrinth of death traps. 22 years later, he brings this same kind of tension to Netflix’s upcoming “In The Tall Grass,” a horror-thriller set solely in a field, expansive yet suffocating.

Based on the novella of the same name by Stephen King and Joe Hill, “In The Tall Grass” begins with a deeply loyal brother-and-sister duo on a fateful road trip.

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‘Hustlers’ Director Lorene Scafaria: ‘We Wanted to Treat It Like a Sports Movie’

‘Hustlers’ Director Lorene Scafaria: ‘We Wanted to Treat It Like a Sports Movie’
The star-studded cast of “Hustlers” didn’t just become strippers in the empowering female-helmed blockbuster — they also became athletes.

When speaking to “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast, at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month, “Hustlers” director Lorene Scafaria explained the extreme athleticism required of the movie’s leading actresses, who all had to learn how to pole dance for convincing performances. “We wanted to treat it like a sports movie,” Scafaria said, noting the grueling training that the girls, and especially Jennifer Lopez, had to go through to prepare for the role.

In the film, Lopez stars as Ramona, a scheming stripper who brings “new girl” Destiny (Constance Wu) under her wing to start ripping off money from their rich clientele. Also in their girl gang are Annabelle (Lili Reinhart) and Mercedes (Keke Palmer), each based off of real-life strippers that inspired the story.

“[The girls] are
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Alfie Allen on Life After ‘Game of Thrones’: ‘It Got a Little Bit Dark’

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Like any actor on the Emmy-topping HBO fantasy series, “Game of Thrones” star Alfie Allen is trying to navigate life post-Westeros. In a new interview with The Thrillist’s Esther Zuckerman, the UK-based actor and 2019 Primetime Emmy nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series gave a postmortem in the wake of “Game of Thrones” concluding its final season this past May.

After playing Theon Greyjoy, one of the show’s most engrossing antiheroes, Allen is heading onto the big screen, with roles in two films that premiered to acclaim out of the Toronto International Film Festival: “How to Build a Girl” and “Jojo Rabbit.” The latter film swept up the People’s Choice Award — which often presages the Best Picture Academy Award.

Talking about “Game of Thrones,” Allen said, “At first it was great, it was brilliant … And then my character started to get tortured. So it got a little little bit dark.
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‘Tammy and the T-Rex’ Might Just Be Your New Midnight Movie Obsession [Fantastic Fest 2019]

Tammy And The T-Rex is a tale as old as prehistoric time. Boy meets girl. Girl falls in love with boy. Girl’s punk ex-boyfriend kidnaps her new crush and leaves him to be mauled by lions in a wildlife park. Wounded boy is stolen by a crazed genius, has his brain removed, then implanted into […]

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Watch Taika Waititi Destroy a Set While Trying to Hug Chris Evans

I don't think my heart has known such joy until today and it's all thanks to Taika Waititi, as per usual. On Saturday, Waititi was seemingly in a nostalgic mood because he shared a throwback video from the recent past — Tiff 2019, to be exact. Even though he was there to promote his upcoming film, Jojo Rabbit, the director's video had nothing to do with it and instead, focused on Twitter's crown prince Chris Evans. What's in the video, you ask? I'll let Waititi's caption that accompanied the video do the talking: "I …
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Jonathan Van Ness Reveals HIV Diagnosis, Former Drug Addiction

Jonathan Van Ness Reveals HIV Diagnosis, Former Drug Addiction
“Queer Eye’s” Jonathan Van Ness is getting vulnerable in his new memoir “Over the Top.”

In a preview of his book with the New York Times, Van Ness opened up about his early struggles with sex and drug addiction as well as his experience with sexual assault, revealing that he was abused by an older boy from his childhood church.

“For a lot of people who are survivors of sexual assault at a young age, we have a lot of compounded trauma,” he said.

That trauma, Van Ness revealed, led to a series of other “self-destructive” behaviors, including spending hours in AOL chat rooms, which he used to meet up with older men for sex in his teens. Later on, Van Ness started college at the University of Arizona in Tucson where he began doing cocaine. And after spending his monthly allowance on the drug, he began advertising sex for more money.
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Colombia’s Oscar Submission ‘Monos’ Is a Hit in Its Home Country — and a Controversy

Colombia’s Oscar Submission ‘Monos’ Is a Hit in Its Home Country — and a Controversy
In “Monos,” a menacing group of child soldiers train for war, taunting an American hostage (Julianne Nicholson) as they wander a foggy, mountainous landscape. Director Alejandro Landes’ astounding action-adventure suggests “Apocalypse Now” by way of “Lord of the Flies,” but the grimy, visceral survival story has been laced with a topicality that speaks to its country of origin. The Colombian production provides a snapshot of guerrilla warfare that has festered in remote parts of the country for decades.

“In Colombia, it’s a very delicate subject matter and a very delicate film,” Landes said in a recent Q&a discussion following the New York premiere for “Monos,” which is the country’s Oscar submission. “But I wanted to talk about something that we see in Colombia but is prevalent everywhere.”

However, as “Monos” continues to generate box office in its home country, the movie has tapped into the divisive conversation
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Cameron Crowe Didn’t See Penny Lane in ‘Almost Famous’ As a Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Cameron Crowe Didn’t See Penny Lane in ‘Almost Famous’ As a Manic Pixie Dream Girl
Almost Famous is a favorite among many of the /Film staff members (both present and past), but the movie hasn’t been beyond criticism despite being loved by many entertainment journalists since its release nearly 20 years ago. In the years since, contemporary views have called out the movie for being one of many in the […]

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The Best Batman Cartoons Other Than ‘Batman: The Animated Series’

Though most people are of the opinion—and rightly so—that Batman: The Animated Series remains the best animated adaptation of the Dark Knight to date, there is a wealth of other cartoon series that have featured the Caped Crusader over the years. In fact, since Batman’s animated debut in 1968, there have been over a dozen different versions of Gotham’s vigilante in cartoon form; some you may be more familiar with than others. That’s where we come in. We’ve put together a list of Batman’s greatest animated adaptations over the last 50 years along …
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Friday Box Office: ‘Downton Abbey’ Beats New ‘Rambo’, ‘Ad Astra’ with $13.8 Mil Debut

Welcome to the third weekend in September, where the box office race is off to an interesting start. We have three new films in theaters this weekend and it looks like Downton Abbey is sitting pretty at the top with $13.8 million earned domestically. It's doing just as well overseas, earning $12.2 million for a total worldwide gross of just over $26 million. The film is a return to the world of the popular TV series that follows the quiet personal dramas that play out in a prestigious British manor in the early 20th century starring Hugh …
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