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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ First Reactions: ‘Total Home Run’

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

Spider-Man: Homecoming” won’t have any trouble getting a date to the big dance: Early reactions hit the internet on Friday evening, and many in the superhero film press are deeply enmeshed in its charming web. “#SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It’s gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run,” tweeted Cinemablend’s Sean O’Connell after a New York City media screening. #SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It's gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run. — Sean O'Connell (@Sean_OConnell) June 24, 2017 Film critic Mike Ryan from Uproxx. »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Wonder Woman’ breaks ‘Mamma Mia!’ record as top-grossing live-action film by female director

9 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Patty Jenkins‘ “Wonder Woman” just surpassed Phyllida Lloyd‘s “Mamma Mia!” to become the highest grossing movie directed by a woman. That tune-filled 2008 picture established Meryl Streep as an international box office draw with total takings of just under $610 million. “Wonder Woman,” which features Gal Gadot as the title character, has made just over […] »

- Paul Sheehan

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Syfy Orders George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’ to Pilot

23 June 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Syfy has ordered a pilot based on “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin’s novella “Nightflyers,” Variety has learned.

The network revealed they were developing the novella as a series back in May. It was previously adapted into the 1987 film of the same name. Jeff Buhler wrote the adaptation for television. The story follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system in the hopes of contacting alien life. They travel aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain. But when terrifying »

- Joe Otterson

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It’s a Coppola World: Inside the Filmmaking Co-Op That is Sofia, Eleanor, Roman, and Francis

9 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Sofia Coppola is the promotional circuit with “The Beguiled” (June 23, Focus Features). So is her 81-year-old mother, Eleanor, who wrote and directed her first narrative feature, the romantic road movie “Paris Can Wait;” Sony Pictures Classics is releasing it around the country to strong reviews and box office. Mother and daughter will meet, with their films, at this week’s Munich International Film Festival, where they’ll be joined by the man who began the family film dynasty, Francis Ford Coppola.

Sofia and her older brother, director and screenwriter Roman Coppola, also own San Francisco production company American Zoetrope, which their father launched in 1979; Roman runs it day to day. “They seek each other’s help when it’s needed,” said long-time family producer and casting guru Fred Roos.

Roos has been Francis Ford’s producer and casting director since “The Godfather.” And from the beginning of Sofia’s career, »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Blade Runner’ Turns 35: The Unloved Film That Became a Classic

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

June 25 is the 35th anniversary of the 1982 Ridley Scott-directed “Blade Runner,” one of the all-time science-fiction classics. The long-planned sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” starring Ryan Gosling, opens in October; earlier this year, director Denis Villeneuve told Variety’s “Playback” podcast that he felt a lot of pressure working on “the most risky project” of his life, because the original is so iconic.

But if it makes him feel better, the earlier film was not a big hit with audiences or critics when it opened. In the 21st century, that seems incredible — how could people not flip out? But “Blade Runner” was so radical that it took several years for its impact to sink in. Even the filmmakers had misgivings: there have been multiple re-edits over the years, trying to hit movie perfection.

Rotten Tomatoes says it was “misunderstood when it first hit theaters.” In the original review, Variety reflected a lot of the mixed reaction, saying »

- Tim Gray

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125-Pound Droopy, Drooling Mastiff Wins World’s Ugliest Dog Contest

16 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

We have a new World’s Ugliest Dog and she’s a big one. The now famous World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California at the Sonoma-Marin Fair crowned a winner Friday night — Martha, a 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff, took home the title along with her handler Shirley Zindler. According to the Associated Press, Martha was an outlier in the contest, which usually features much older and much smaller dogs. Like, last year, a blind Chihuahua-Chinese Crested mix named Sweepee Rambo took home the title. Also Read: 31 Scene-Stealing Animals in Movies and TV (Photos) Although many of the compliments Martha »

- Carli Velocci

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Directors Guild Elects Thomas Schlamme as New President

21 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Director Thomas Schlamme has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America as voted by the delegates at the Guild’s national biennial convention at the DGA national headquarters in Los Angeles.

“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen by my peers to lead our Guild, and I greatly look forward to taking on the challenges facing our membership and industry,” Schlamme said after the vote. “We have a more than 80-year foundation of leadership. Our strength comes from our solidarity and our ability to anticipate the future. Regardless of what lies ahead, I’m optimistic that our approach assures »

- Patrick Shanley

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Thomas Schlamme Elected Directors Guild President

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

Veteran director Thomas Schlamme has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America for a two-year term, succeeding Paris Barclay.

Schlamme was selected by acclamation of the 147 delegates at the DGA’s convention on Saturday at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles

Barclay announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term in accordance with the DGA tradition of presidents only serving two terms. The DGA represents more than 17,000 members.

Schlamme has been on the DGA national board since 2005 and was most recently Third VP. He was co-chair of the 2014 and 2017 negotiating committees together with Secretary Treasurer Michael Apted.

In Ferbuary, the DGA honored Schlamme with the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award for service to the DGA and its membership.  Schlamme joined the DGA in 1978.

“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen by my peers to lead our Guild, and I greatly look forward to taking on the challenges facing our membership and »

- Dave McNary

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Thomas Schlamme Elected President of Directors Guild

43 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Thomas Schlamme has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America, the second consecutive DGA president to come from the ranks of television rather than film directors. The election took place in Los Angeles at the DGA convention, which meets every two years and chooses a president as part of its agenda. Schlamme will replace outgoing president Paris Barclay, a television director who served two two-year terms, the traditional length of service for a guild president. (There is, however, no rule prohibiting a president from serving more than that.) Prior to winning the presidency, Schlamme had served as the Directors. »

- Steve Pond

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Orphan Black Recap: All Roads Lead to Neolution

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Orphan Black’s favorite type-a homemaker has a truly miraculous moment of genius. »

- Devon Maloney

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Pixar Writer Debunks ‘Toy Story’ Theory Regarding Andy’s Father

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A video uploaded this week provided a new tragic but possibly legitimate theory about “Toy Story” to make fans weep. Did Andy’s father die shortly before the tale began and pass all his toys to his only son? Toy Story” co-writer Andrew Stanton took to the internet to debunk that story, calling it “complete and utter fake news” on Twitter. “Nothing to see here, folks,” he wrote. “#Iwasthere” Also Read: 17 Movie Scenes With Pizza, From “Tmnt” to “Toy Story” (Videos) Complete and utter fake news. Everyone go back to your homes. Nothing to see here, folks. #Iwasthere https://t. »

- Carli Velocci

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And with One Tweet, the Extremely Depressing Toy Story Rumor About Andy’s Dad Had Become #FakeNews

1 hour ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

“Complete and utter fake news,” Andrew Stanton claims. »

- David Canfield

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