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19 People Killed at Ariana Grande’s Manchester UK Concert After Explosions Heard, Police Say

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Nineteen people were killed and up to 50 injured when two explosions rocked Ariana Grande‘s Monday night concert in Manchester, England, according to multiple media reports and Twitter updates. Concertgoers were evacuated from the Manchester Arena following a “loud bang,” Greater Manchester Police have confirmed.   Latest statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/BEpLOan3dY — G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017 A previous statement from police on Twitter stated: “There are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured. Please avoid the area as first responders work tirelessly at the scene.” The incident is being investigated as a possible terrorist incident by counter-terrorism police. »


- Debbie Emery

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Joss Whedon To Guide ‘Justice League’ As Zack Snyder Deals With Family Tragedy

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The superhero wars, the constant pitting of Marvel versus DC Films, doesn’t seem abate in the social media sphere, as both sides lob fiery tirades about why their team is better than the other. But let’s face it, these are just movies, and while that’s not to diminish the talents involved or the passion of the creatives, the responsibilities and realities of real life are always the number one priority, and today comes a bracing reminder of that fact.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jordan Peele’s New Social Thriller Set for 2019 by Universal

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After signing Jordan Peele to a first-look deal following the success of his directorial debut, “Get Out,” Universal has dated his next film for March 15, 2019.

Currently untitled, the movie’s plot details are being kept under wraps. Peele will write, direct, and produce the social thriller based on his original idea.

The pic will face stiff competition from Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel,” which opens the week before, and Millie Bobby Brown’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” which launches the following week.

Get Out” opened at the top of the domestic box office in February, and the thriller has since become both a commercial and critical success, grossing almost $230 million worldwide. Under his new deal, Peele will also produce a wide range of movies for the studio through his Monkeypaw Productions, including several micro-budget projects with Jason Blum, »


- Justin Kroll

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‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Reboot: James Wan On Board To Produce From Greg Russo Script

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Exclusive: More details are leaking out on the Resident Evil franchise reboot. James Wan has come aboard to produce the first of the Resident Evil reboots from a script by Greg Russo, we’re hearing and it will have an entirely new cast. Russo wrote Mortal Kombat and Wan is known for producing the box office coups Lights Out, Annabelle and Saw, to name a few. The Wan brandname is a strong one and should give a boost to the reboot. Also producing are Constantin Film and… »


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A meme come true: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o to star in film based on tweet

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Selma director Ava DuVernay will direct film for Netflix after joke movie pitch about photo of stars goes viral, with a script from Insecure breakout Issa Rae

Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o are set to star in a buddy movie for director Ava DuVernay after a tweet of the two went viral.

The Grammy-winning singer and Oscar-nomimnated actor were pictured together at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014, which was then used as part of a joke movie pitch on Twitter in April.

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Universal’s ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ To Open February 2019 as Part of Studio’s ‘Dark Universe’

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal has dated “Bride of Frankenstein” for Feb. 14, 2019, with Bill Condon on board to direct.

The pic is the studio’s second entry in its newly announced “Dark Universe,” which kicks off with “The Mummy” — Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella — on June 9.

The studio has also announced a logo for the new initiative (pictured above). A musical theme for “Dark Universe” composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theaters preceding “The Mummy.”

The enterprise is relaunching Universal’s iconic characters into modern cinema. While “The Mummy” and “Bride of Frankenstein” are the only two films in the initiative to be dated, the studio is currently developing “The Invisible Man” with Johnny Depp set to star, and a “Frankenstein” film with Javier Bardem on board to play the classic monster. “Van Helsing” and “Creature From the Black Lagoon” films are also planned. »


- Justin Kroll

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‘Spider-Man’ Star Tom Holland to Play Young Nathan Drake in Sony’s ‘Uncharted’ Franchise

9 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Spider-Man: Homecoming” star Tom Holland is attached to another major Sony franchise, joining Shawn Levy‘s “Uncharted,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Shawn Levy is directing the film in which Holland is set to star as the young thief Nathan Drake. The film will take its inspiration from a sequence in the third version of the famous video game, in which Drake first meets professional rogue, Sullivan. Sony is yet to find a writer for the screenplay. Producers include Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Ted Sarandos Says Netflix Returning to Cannes Is ‘Less Attractive’ Under New Rule

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Returning to Cannes is “less attractive” for Netflix if its films must play out of competition under a new rule requiring all competition titles to have a theatrical release, Ted Sarandos said early Monday.

Netflix made a splash on the Croisette this year with two movies in the official competition, Bong Joon-Ho’s “Okja” and Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories.” But outrage from French exhibitors and others over the selection prompted the festival to issue its new restriction on competition eligibility, effective next year.

Speaking to Variety at Netflix’s late-night bash in Cannes, Sarandos at first said “no” when asked whether the streaming giant would be willing to come back with its films relegated to out-of-competition. But he added quickly: “Well, I shouldn’t say that. It would be less attractive, for sure, because it would affect [Netflix’s] festival strategy around the world.”

Sarandos, the company’s chief content officer, »


- Elsa Keslassy

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Why ‘Dangal’s’ Triumph in China Could Be a Game-Changer For India

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Indian drama “Dangal” crossed the $100-million mark at the Chinese box office Saturday, becoming the biggest foreign-language film of all time in China and reshaping perceptions of the movie market in the world’s most populous nation.

The film opened May 5, going head to head with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and coming second to the Hollywood superhero movie in its first weekend. But as “Guardians” lost momentum, “Dangal” picked up speed and screens.

This week, its third on release and second at the top of the chart, “Dangal” overtook “Your Name,” the Japanese animated smash hit that scored $82 million (RMB566 million) in China last year. “Dangal,” with more than $113 million (RMB780 million,) has now made more in China than in India.

“‘Dangal’ tells us that an Indian film done well can not only release in China, but be the No. 1. ‘Dangal’ tells us that there is no glass ceiling, »


- Patrick Frater

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Comedy Writer Marsh McCall Dies At 52

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Veteran comedy showrunner Marsh McCall died suddenly this morning. He was 52, just weeks away from his 53th birthday. McCall, who was beloved in the creative community and remembered as a true gentleman, was working as co-executive producer on Netflix’s popular comedy series Fuller House at the time of his death. McCall started as a writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien before segueing to primetime. He worked on the NBC comedy series Just Shoot Me!, rising to… »


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Ben Stiller: Studios Aren’t Run by People Like Netflix’s Ted Sarandos

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The cast of “The Meyerowitz Stories” weighed in on the ongoing Netflix-Cannes controversy — a small facet of the larger friction between traditional studios and streaming services — in an interview with Variety at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday.

Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler, who play half-brothers navigating the dysfunction of their family in the film, said if the studios are unhappy with Netflix making inroads on their territory, they have no one to blame but themselves.

“I don’t know why the studios have become so adverse to making interesting films and taking chances,” Stiller said. “I guess it’s about money. These studios are owned by big conglomerates and they’re not independent studios making films. They have a huge profit margin, so they make movies that can make a lot of money. Unfortunately, that means the really good interesting movies aren’t getting made.”

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- Erin Nyren

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Day After’

33 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If any director should have two films in the official selection at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, it may as well be shaggy Korean iconoclast Hong Sangsoo — a prolific auteur for whom doubling and déjà vu are recurring concerns in his narratives, not to mention for viewers trying to keep pace with his oeuvre. Luckily, there’s little chance of confusing these non-identical twins, even if both star Hong’s current muse Kim Minhee: While “Claire’s Camera” boasts color, French Riviera sunshine and the crossover presence of Isabelle Huppert, his Korean-set Competition entry “The Day After” carries a brisk, wintry monochrome chill. Notwithstanding the external drop in temperature, the latter is breezy business as usual: a loquacious, Rohmer-kissed comedy of missed chances and misunderstandings, in which matters of the heart are drawlingly discussed over lashings of soju. Lacking the emotional and structural complexity of some recent Hong outings, »


- Guy Lodge

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Rachel Bloom Shares the ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Scene She’s Most Proud Of (Video)

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The CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” ventured into even deeper emotional territory for its second season than it did in the first, testing the limits of some relationships and ending others entirely. One of the show’s most tragic moments came when the tension between Rebecca and Paula finally boiled over, erupting in a huge, heartbreaking fight. It’s that scene that co-creator and star Rachel Bloom chose as the moment from “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Season 2 she’s most proud of. “The show is a musical, it can go into sketch-y, zany territory, but when we want it to be dramatic, it needs to be dramatic, »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘SNL’ Season 42 Was a Necessary Reminder That No, This Really Isn’t Normal (Commentary)

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“SNL” repeatedly saw some of its best ratings in years in its just-ended Season 42, and there’s a good reason for that. Each week, “Saturday Night Live” felt like more than a dose of comedy. It was a way to get a sanity check on what continues to feel like a constant barrage of absurd political news. It’s nothing new to see “SNL” cover politics, but through the 2016 presidential race and beyond into the Trump presidency, the show served a different function. Tuning in each week to see how “SNL” would pull comedy out of each week’s news helped. »

- Phil Hornshaw

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James Gunn, Patty Jenkins, More Send Condolences to Zach Snyder After Family Tragedy

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Screenwriter James Gunn, Wonder Women director Patty Jenkins and Furious 7 filmmaker James Wan were among the film figures who extended their condolences to Zack Snyder after news of a family tragedy was made public Monday.

The Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice director, who was at the helm of the upcoming DC Comics film Justice League, announced that he and wife Deborah Snyder (a producer on the movie) will both be stepping away from the project to focus on their family after the sudden death of their 20-year-old daughter, who died by suicide in March.

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Sam Mendes in Early Talks to Direct ‘Pinocchio’ Live-Action Reboot

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Sam Mendes is in early talks to direct Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Pinocchio.”

Sources close to Mendes say this it is premature and that the director has not fully committed to coming on board yet. Mendes has not been able to have a full sit down on the project due to his commitment to his West End play “The Ferryman”, which is currently in production.

Peter Hedges penned the script.

Mendes will no longer direct the “James and the Giant Peach” remake for Disney, which he was attached to less than a year ago.

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The original, 1940 animated film “Pinocchio” was based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children’s book, “The Adventures of Pinocchio,” about a puppet and a poor woodcarver. “Pinocchio” was the second animated feature film produced by Disney, following 1937’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” but »


- Justin Kroll

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The Works Boards Sundance’s ‘L.A. Times,’ Spy Thriller ‘The White Rabbit’

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Worldwide sales rights to relationship drama “L.A. Times” have been picked up by The Works International, which is introducing the film and also upcoming World War II spy thriller “The White Rabbit” to buyers at Cannes.

L.A. Times” (pictured) premiered at Sundance this year. The film is from writer-director-star Michelle Morgan (“Girl Most Likely”).

Variety‘s review said that “L.A. Times” explores the lives of three thirtysomething Angelenos “with a heavy dose of Whit Stillman and sprinklings of Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach, and Lena Dunham, among others.”

The Works is also kicking off global sales of “The White Rabbit,” which is loosely based on the British spy who partly inspired the creation of James Bond, and follows the British Secret Service’s covert operation in occupied France. Filming begins early next year for delivery in winter 2018 and global release in early 2019.

Torquil Deacon and Tom Radcliffe penned the screenplay.

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‘Supergirl’ Star Chyler Leigh on the Evolution of Sanvers Relationship (Exclusive Video)

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Chyler Leigh had no idea that her character would be revealed to be gay and have a female love interest on the second season of “Supergirl.” “I had no idea it was coming,” The CW actress told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “ Andrew Kreisberg had talked to me a little bit about things for the next season … ‘We’re possibly thinking about maybe bringing in a romantic situation for Alex next season, as we’ll know more about her,’ and I was almost like, ‘no, don’t do that!'” Leigh expressed reluctance for her character’s storlyine to shift away from her relationship with her. »


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