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Don Cheadle-Led Sci-Fi Series in Development at Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi Streaming Service

Don Cheadle-Led Sci-Fi Series in Development at Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi Streaming Service
A new sci-fi drama series starring Don Cheadle, Emily Mortimer (“Mary Poppins Returns”) and Helena Howard is in development for Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s upcoming streaming service, the company announced on Wednesday morning.

Details are sparse, but the show, “Don’t Look Deeper,” will be centered on a California high school senior that finds out she’s not human — a revelation that will ultimately put her life in danger. Howard, who starred in “Madeline’s Madeline” last year, is set to co-star in the role. Twilight” and “Lords of Dogtown” director Catherine Hardwicke will both direct and executive produce the series.

Former “NCIS: New Orleans” showrunner Jeffrey Lieber is attached as writer, executive producer and showrunner for the project. Charlie McDonnell will also write and serve as Ep for the show.

Also Read: Quibi Hires Pandora Co-Creator Tom Conrad as Chief Product Officer

The series will be co-produced by
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Don Cheadle to Star in Quibi Sci-Fi Drama ‘Don’t Look Deeper’

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Don Cheadle to Star in Quibi Sci-Fi Drama ‘Don’t Look Deeper’
Don Cheadle is the latest A-list name to throw his hat into the Quibi content ring.

The “Avengers” and “Black Monday” star has joined the cast of sci-fi drama “Don’t Look Deeper,” which is in the works at the short form content platform founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg.

“Don’t Look Deeper” is set in Merced, Ca. fifteen minutes into the future, and centers on a high school senior who can’t seem to shake the feeling that something about her just isn’t right. She’s not human, not one of us. This revelation sets in motion a series of events that suddenly puts her entire life in jeopardy.

The series will also star Emily Mortimer, fresh off her performance in “Mary Poppins Returns,” and “Madeline’s Madeline” standout Helena Howard.

Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke is in place to direct and executive produce the series, while former “Lost” writer
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Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd In Talks To Re-Team With ‘St. Vincent’ Helmer Ted Melfi In ‘The Starling’

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Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd In Talks To Re-Team With ‘St. Vincent’ Helmer Ted Melfi In ‘The Starling’
Exclusive: Melissa McCarthy and Chris O’Dowd are in talks to star for their St. Vincent director Ted Melfi in The Starling, a Black List scripted comedy by Matt Harris.

The tone, comedy grounded with emotion, is comparable to St. Vincent. A married couple suffers a tragedy that strains their relationship. While her husband heads off to deal with grief in recovery, Lily Maynard stays home. He has built a beautiful garden for her in the backyard, but she finds herself assailed by a sizable black starling that has built a nearby nest. She seeks out a veterinarian to see if there is a humane way to get rid of this bird. That vet, who was a psychiatrist once but shed humans for animals, puts his own imprint on the situation. The film is an allegorical tale of how love can carry one through grief.

I’ve heard Melfi is
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‘Dark Phoenix’ Originally Planned as Two Movies, Fox CEO Forced Deadly Summer Release — Report

‘Dark Phoenix’ Originally Planned as Two Movies, Fox CEO Forced Deadly Summer Release — Report
Dark Phoenix” opened in theaters nationwide June 7 and ended the 19-year-old “X-Men” movie franchise at rock bottom. With just $33 million at the box office over its debut weekend, “Dark Phoenix” is the lowest opener of the franchise and, according to IndieWire’s box office expert Tom Brueggemann, will most likely finish its run with a total domestic gross that is lower than the opening weekends of several previous “X-Men” movies. A new report from Deadline details the behind-the-scenes drama that led to the “Dark Phoenix” disaster and reveals the film was originally set up as a two-parter.

The latest “X-Men” movie is based on one of the franchise’s most famous comic book storylines, one writer-director Simon Kinberg wanted to adapt faithfully after botching the first “Dark Phoenix” movie adaptation as co-writer of 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand.” The events of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” rebooted the film franchise
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Bo Report: ‘Rocketman’ slays ‘Godzilla’ while ‘2040’ powers along

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It’s fair to surmise there are far more Elton John fans in Australia than followers of the Godzilla franchise, judging by the opening weekends of Rocketman and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

The Elton John biopic easily beat the Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros monsters movie, the reverse of their positions in the Us last weekend. However neither could catch the magical second weekend of Disney’s Aladdin.

Meanwhile Damon Gameau’s 2040 maintained momentum in its second weekend as Palace Cinemas extended their first weekend offer of free tickets to students on Saturday and Sunday, joined by some locations at Event Cinemas, Wallis Cinemas and independents. Screen Australia made a financial contribution to help distributor Madman Entertainment promote the incentive to students.

Gameau’s journey, which explores what the world could look like by 2040 if the best solutions already available to improve the planet are adopted, delivered $149,000 on 88 screens,
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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Bites Into $130 Million at International Box Office

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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Bites Into $130 Million at International Box Office
Godzilla — King of the Box Office? Warner Bros. and Legendary’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” launched at the international box office with a chart-topping $130 million from 75 overseas markets.

The sci-fi tentpole debuted in North America with $49 million for a worldwide start of $179 million. Directed by Michael Dougherty and starring Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown and Bradley Whitford, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” cost $200 million to produce, before accounting for marketing fees. It’s the third installment in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, along with 2014’s “Godzilla” and 2017’s “Kong: Skull Island.” The first two films had much stronger showings overseas.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters” had the best start in China, where it earned $70 million. In Japan, the movie bowed with $8.4 million, while Mexico collected $4.6 million.

Another new release, Paramount’s “Rocketman,” a fantasy musical based on Elton John, earned $19.2 million when it took off in 40 foreign markets. The jukebox biopic has earned $56 million worldwide,
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National Board of Review to Announce 2019 Honorees on Dec. 3

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The National Board of Review will release its list of the year’s top films, directors and performers on Dec. 3.

To celebrate the best of 2019, the board will host its gala on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Cipriani’s 42nd Street in New York City, where it has taken place for more than a decade. NBC News and MSNBC’s Willie Geist will once again host the evening’s festivities.

Since 1909, the Nbr members watch more than 250 entries to determine the year’s best movies, directors, producers, screenwriters and actors. In addition to awarding the top entries, the board hands out the Spotlight Award, the Nbr Freedom of Expression and William K. Everson Film History Award each year. Up-and-coming talent is also recognized with breakthrough actor and directorial debut awards.

Last year, “Green Book” was awarded the top prize, while the best of 2018 also included “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Black Panther,
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‘Aladdin’ Flies High Over Holiday Weekend

Aladdin, Disney's latest live-action raiding of its animated ark, took moviegoers on a cinematic magic carpet ride this weekend at theaters across North America. The comedy/fantasy easily soared past the competition, which included the low openings for Brightburn and the acclaimed indie comedy Booksmart.

Figures reported in this article are based on the three-day weekend frame.

The Mouse House’s latest attempt to make original filmmaking a thing of the past, Aladdin opened on 4,476 screens Thursday night where it went on to score an estimated $86.1million. The Guy Ritichie film also scored a magical $121 million from international markets this weekend.

The global start for the $183 million production -starring Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Will Smith- was a bit of relief for Disney Studios, who were still licking their wounds from the underwhelming box office runs of the expensive Mary Poppins Returns and this spring’s Dumbo, which was directed by Tim Burton.
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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Looking At $95M+ In Memorial Day Riches – Midday Box Office Update

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Looking At $95M+ In Memorial Day Riches – Midday Box Office Update
At this time we can tell you that Disney’s Aladdin is off to a healthy start at the domestic box office with a $28 million-$30 million Friday (including $7 million in Thursday’s previews). It is now expected to hit $80 million over three days and $95 million over the full four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend frame.

Some see the Guy Ritchie film besting Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s four-day Memorial Day start of $103M last year with a potential $104M gross, but this holiday is so wonky it is too soon to call it at that. There can be fall-off as people become distracted by holiday activities.

Regardless, it’s a better than anticipated start for Disney’s latest live-action remake, on which critics are divided but exit polls show audiences love. Aladdin is a brand that is fresher than Dumbo and hipper, being a fave of Gen X and Gen Y audiences.
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Georgia Engel Remembered by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Betty White, Patricia Heaton: ‘Light Is Out’

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Georgia Engel Remembered by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Betty White, Patricia Heaton: ‘Light Is Out’
Stars of the stage and screen have paid tribute to actress Georgia Engel, who died last week in Princeton, New Jersey, at age 70.

The Emmy nominee was known for her roles on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” as well as broadway hit “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

“A light is out, and what can we do but be grateful for what she gave us,” tweeted “Hamilton” and “Mary Poppins Returns” star Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Also Read: Georgia Engel, 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' Star, Dies at 70

“Georgia was one of a kind and the absolute best,” Betty White said in a statement. She later posted a photo on Instagram of the pair together snuggling a huge bear with the caption “Friends forever.”

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Home Entertainment: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Blu-ray Review

It would be quite easy to dismiss a sequel to one of cinema’s most beloved family features some fifty-plus years on from the release of the original, but this is Disney, and they would only push forward and step on hallowed celluloid with a tale worth telling with a team worthy of telling it. Mary Poppins Returns is a modern-day masterpiece that in fifty more years, we could look back on with that same fondness and magical exception in which our generation looks back at the flawless 1964 original.

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Set some twenty-four years after the events of the first movie, Mary Poppins Returns centres once again on the Banks children, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer), now grown up with responsibilities of their own. Michael has three children, Annabel, John and Georgie, but we learn that he has sadly lost his wife a year earlier. Struggling with balancing home and work life,
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Win ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ On Blu-ray

Coming to the home formats on 15th April is the much-loved Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns. The film hits digital download, DVD and Blu-Ray following a massively successful theatrical run and we have three copies of the film to give away on Blu-ray.

In Mary Poppins Returns, Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) — just a child when Mary Poppins first visited 17 Cherry Tree Lane — is now a grown man raising his children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) with help from his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer). Times are tough in Depression-era London but the winds begin to change and the enigmatic governess, whose unique magical skills can turn any ordinary task into a fantastic adventure, enters the lives of the Banks family once again, having not aged a single day. Teaming up with an old friend, Jack, they take the Banks children on a series of whimsical adventures,
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Win Mary Poppins Returns on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of Mary Poppins Returns on 15th April, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

In Mary Poppins Returns, Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) — just a child when Mary Poppins first visited 17 Cherry Tree Lane — is now a grown man raising his children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) with help from his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer). Times are tough in Depression-era London but the winds begin to change and the enigmatic governess, whose unique magical skills can turn any ordinary task into a fantastic adventure, enters the lives of the Banks family once again, having not aged a single day. Teaming up with an old friend, Jack, they take the Banks children on a series of whimsical adventures, encountering colorful characters like Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy (Streep), Jack’s lovable band of leeries and bank executives William Weatherall Wilkins (Colin Firth) and Mr.
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Disney’s Downbeat CinemaCon Presentation Played Like Disney vs. Fox

CinemaCon 2018 marked the farewell presentation for Twentieth Century Fox. And this year, Disney studio chairman Alan Horn folded the acquisition into the Disney show. As he praised “Bohemian Rhapsody” getting to an amazing $900 million, he sounded almost envious. And while he celebrated Fox Searchlight’s 25th anniversary with a tribute reel and as he touted their four Oscar Best Picture wins in 10 years, and recent Best Actress win for “The Favourite,” he made fun of last year’s winner “The Shape of Water.” “What is that, really?” he said.

Horn, who said he’s just “getting his mind around all this,” is still not even comfortable assembling a sizzle reel combining Fox and Disney movies. It makes sense. As Fox chief Emma Watts later admitted, the two studios have been rivals for a very long time. “We’ve stood on this stage as competitors,” she said. “It’s a shock to be here as colleagues,
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Disney’s Downbeat CinemaCon Presentation Played Like Disney vs. Fox

CinemaCon 2018 marked the farewell presentation for Twentieth Century Fox. And this year, Disney studio chairman Alan Horn folded the acquisition into the Disney show. As he praised “Bohemian Rhapsody” getting to an amazing $900 million, he sounded almost envious. And while he celebrated Fox Searchlight’s 25th anniversary with a tribute reel and as he touted their four Oscar Best Picture wins in 10 years, and recent Best Actress win for “The Favourite,” he made fun of last year’s winner “The Shape of Water.” “What is that, really?” he said.

Horn, who said he’s just “getting his mind around all this,” is still not even comfortable assembling a sizzle reel combining Fox and Disney movies. It makes sense. As Fox chief Emma Watts later admitted, the two studios have been rivals for a very long time. “We’ve stood on this stage as competitors,” she said. “It’s a shock to be here as colleagues,
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‘The Undoing’: Noma Dumezweni Cast In HBO Limited Series

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‘The Undoing’: Noma Dumezweni Cast In HBO Limited Series
Noma Dumezweni (Black Earth Rising) has been cast opposite Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland in The Undoing, HBO’s high-profile six-episode limited series written by David E. Kelley and directed by Susanne Bier.

An adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s book You Should Have Known, The Undoing centers on Grace Sachs (Kidman), who is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She’s a successful therapist, has a devoted husband (Grant) and young son (Noah Jupe) who attends an elite private school in New York City. Overnight a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle
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Duncan Animation Studio Moves Into Original Content With Duncan Originals, Unveils Inaugural Development Slate

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Exclusive: Pasadena, California-based Duncan Studio, the animation studio behind the 2D animation sequences for Disney’s Annie Award-winning Mary Poppins Returns, is making its first foray into original production with the launch of Duncan Originals, its new in-house development and production division.

Headed by Ken Duncan, the group has been developing a slate of animated features, broadcast series and short-form content aimed at the global animation audience. The move into original content has long been the vision of Canadian-born Duncan, who worked as an animator at Disney for many years before starting his own Pasadena-based studio in 2007.

New projects in development include Nature’s End, a fantasy/science fiction adventure with an ecological ticking clock and starring a female hero who transforms her world without using violence or imitating her male counterparts. The film will combine live-action, animation and gaming.

Also in development is R.E.D., a six-part sci-fi
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Why ‘Dumbo’ Didn’t Soar at the Box Office

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Why ‘Dumbo’ Didn’t Soar at the Box Office
Dumbo” nabbed the top spot at the domestic box office last weekend, but Disney’s latest re-imagining didn’t fly as high as expected. Despite the cast of Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, and Michael Keaton, the nearly eight-decade old property showed that not every remake is guaranteed to pack a major punch.

Tim Burton’s live-action reboot of the 1941 cartoon collected $45 million from 4,259 venues, falling short of expectations that anticipated a launch north of $50 million. Overseas, the baby elephant with inconveniently large ears got off to a better start, earning $71 million for a global weekend haul of $116 million.

Those numbers hardly signal disaster for the Magic Kingdom, but it does represent the lowest domestic opening yet for one the studio’s re-imaginings of its animated classics. High-profile remakes such as 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast” and 2016’s “The Jungle Book” soared past the $100 million mark in their opening weekends.

Part
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A Quiet Place 2 Begins Shooting This July, Cillian Murphy Joins Cast

A Quiet Place 2 Begins Shooting This July, Cillian Murphy Joins Cast
I don't know about you, but I firmly believe with all my horror heart that one of the best scary movies to hit our genre in quite some time was last year's surprise hit A Quiet Place. We've known for a while now that the film is all set to spawn a sequel here soon, but today we have word that A Quiet Place 2 is going to be kicking off principal photography in New York on July 8th. Not only that but we also hear that Batman Begins and Dunkirk actor Cillian Murphy might be joining in on the fun this time around as well.

Details on just what the hell will happen in this new movie and just who the hell Cillian Murphy is playing are scarce, to say the least at this point in time. That said, we are hearing through the grapevine that Murphy's character will
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UK box office preview: 'Dumbo' to take flight this weekend

Further openers include ’Out Of Blue’, ’At Eternity’s Gate’ and ’Eaten By Lions’.

Fantasy adventure Dumbo is the headline title opening at the UK box office this weekend, and may oust Disney stablemate Captain Marvel from the number one spot it has held for three weeks.

Directed by Tim Burton, Dumbo is inspired by the 1941 Disney animation of the same name, which itself was based on the novel by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl. Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green and Alan Arkin star in the story of a family which works at a failing circus, who
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