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Ashleigh Cummings Joins Warner Bros.’ ‘The Goldfinch’ Adaptation (Exclusive)

Ashleigh Cummings Joins Warner Bros.’ ‘The Goldfinch’ Adaptation (Exclusive)
Newcomer Ashleigh Cummings has landed the role of Pippa in Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios’ adaptation of “The Goldfinch,” sources tell Variety.

Ansel Elgort is set to star as Theo, with “Dunkirk” actor Aneurin Barnard playing Boris, and Willa Fitzgerald portraying Kitsey. “Brooklyn” director John Crowley will helm the pic. Warner Bros. had no comment on the casting.

Based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Goldfinch” follows a young man named Theodore Decker who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum that kills his mother. From there, he tumbles through a series of adventures that find him living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat father and, later on, involved in art forgeries.

In the book, Pippa is Theo’s one true love who was also in the museum the day of the bombing and is traumatized from the event. Due to this shared experience, they have similar outlooks and develop feelings for one another
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‘Dear White People’ Star Logan Browning Joins Allison Willliams In ‘The Perfection’

‘Dear White People’ Star Logan Browning Joins Allison Willliams In ‘The Perfection’
Exclusive: Logan Browning is tuning up to star alongside Girls alum Allison Williams in the Richard Shepard-directed horror thriller The Perfection, about two cello prodigies and a sinister obsession that drives the dark pursuit of perfection. The screenplay hails from Shepard, Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder. Miramax CEO Bill Block is producing the project with Shepard and Stacey Reiss. Christian Mercuri's Capstone Group is handling international sales for the film…
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Alamo Drafthouse Launching Video Rental Store in 2018 (Exclusive)

Alamo Drafthouse Launching Video Rental Store in 2018 (Exclusive)
The Alamo Drafthouse chain is taking a step into the past by launching Video Vortex, a reimagining of classic video rental stores, at its upcoming 11-screen location in Raleigh, N.C.

The company, now in its 20th year with 29 locations in operation, is touting Video Vortex as one of the largest video archives on the planet. The North Carolina location will open in the first quarter of next year. Visitors can return rentals on their next trip to the location or mail DVDs and Blu-rays back to the shop with a return envelope.

Along with Blu-ray and DVD titles, Video Vortex will contain a “massive” rental selection of rare VHS tapes, including titles never released on digital formats. The store will also rent VCRs as well as provide renters with the equipment for RCA adapters free of charge. The space will also feature a selection of curated Blu-rays for sale, film-related merchandise,
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Christopher Plummer Reveals How He Shot 'All the Money in the World' in Just 9 Days

Christopher Plummer Reveals How He Shot 'All the Money in the World' in Just 9 Days
Not only did Christopher Plummer replace Kevin Spacey in Ridley Scott’s finished film All the Money in the World, he also nabbed a surprise Golden Globe nomination less than two weeks after portraying J. Paul Getty for the Sony film, in theaters Dec. 25.

From his home in Connecticut, Plummer spent a bit of his birthday with The Hollywood Reporter to talk shooting all his scenes in just nine days, opting not to watch any of Spacey’s footage and continually challenging himself at 88 years old: “I’m not pushing up the daisies just yet.”

How did Scott approach you?

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Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Competition Titles

Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Competition Titles
The Berlin Film Festival on Monday unveiled the first competition titles for its latest edition, which takes place in February.

Gus Van Sant's latest film, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, and Dovlatov from director Alexey German Jr., who a few years ago won the festival's Silver Bear for his Under Electric Clouds, are among the first films selected.
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Johnny Depp’s Ex-Lawyers Suing ‘Pirates’ Star Back After He Hit Them For $30M

Johnny Depp’s Ex-Lawyers Suing ‘Pirates’ Star Back After He Hit Them For $30M
Still wrestling in the courts with his former business managers over millions, home foreclosures and claims of excess, Johnny Depp now finds himself at the legal receiving end of one of Hollywood's biggest lawyers in a $30 million sword fight that is sure to take some of the cheer out of his Christmas. Less than two months after the thrashing Pirates of the Caribbean star dragged his old attorney Jacob Bloom and his Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman…
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Oscars: ‘The Last Jedi,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and More Advance in VFX Race

Oscars: ‘The Last Jedi,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and More Advance in VFX Race
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected 10 films to move forward in the visual effects category for the 90th Academy Awards.

AMPAS made the announcement on Monday. The list is dominated by big-budget tentpole films such as “Blade Runner 2049,” “Dunkirk,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” but also includes South Korean action-fantasy “Okja” and Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War tale “The Shape of Water,” which carries a budget of under $20 million.

Here is the list in alphabetical order:

Alien: Covenant

Blade Runner 2049”

“Dunkirk”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Kong: Skull Island

“Okja”

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

War for the Planet of the Apes

Last year’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” nabbed an Academy Awards nomination for the team of John Knoll, [link
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Oscars 2018: Academy Shortlist Names Contenders for Visual Effects, Including ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and ‘Dunkirk’

Oscars 2018: Academy Shortlist Names Contenders for Visual Effects, Including ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and ‘Dunkirk’
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 90th Academy Awards. The list includes some expected heavy hitters, including “Dunkirk,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “War for the Planet of the Apes,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” alongside some pleasant surprises, like “Okja” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”

Notably missing are titles like “Wonder Woman,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Thor: Ragnarok,” all of which appeared on the list of 20 films in contention for the award, released earlier this month.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

Alien: Covenant

Blade Runner 2049

“Dunkirk”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Kong: Skull Island

“Okja”

The Shape of Water

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

War for the Planet of the Apes
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Claes Bang ‘Hated That Monkey’ in Ruben Östlund’s ‘The Square’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

Claes Bang ‘Hated That Monkey’ in Ruben Östlund’s ‘The Square’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile
Given the many outrageous scenes in “The Square,” Ruben Östlund’s irreverent art world satire, Elizabeth Moss’ character owning a pet chimpanzee hardly even registered as out of the ordinary. For Claes Bang, however, it was a scene he won’t be forgetting anytime soon. “Shooting with that monkey was terrible. That’s a wild animal. In a flat. In Berlin. On a rainy day in October,” the actor told IndieWire during an interview for our Spotlight Awards series. Although there were handlers on set waiting in every corner of the room in case anything went wrong, that hardly served to reassure the actor. “I was terrified of that monkey. I hated that monkey.”

Bang plays a museum director named Christian, whose powerful position in the Stockholm art world has made him entitled and careless with women. “He’s challenged, which makes him do the odd thing here or there,
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‘Rogue One’ Has a Major ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Easter Egg

Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Wedged in between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has become the odd duck in the franchise, not just by virtue of being a spinoff, but also by being a story that functions as connective tissue to A New Hope, filling in the blanks about the rebels who stole the plans for the Death Star. Although the film hasn’t been forgotten, it failed to make the same kind of splash as installments from the main saga, and yet it turns out that there was …
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Oscars’ VFX Shortlist: ‘The Last Jedi’, ‘Shape Of Water’, ‘Valerian’ & More

Oscars’ VFX Shortlist: ‘The Last Jedi’, ‘Shape Of Water’, ‘Valerian’ & More
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have pared to 10 films the finalists for the Outstanding Visual Effects category, with the last-minute entry Star Wars: The Last Jedi among those making the cut. Here’s the list, determined by the Academy's Visual Effects Branch executive committee: Alien: Covenant Blade Runner 2049 Dunkirk" Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Kong: Skull Island Okja The Shape of Water Star Wars: The Last Jedi Valerian and the City of a Thousand P…
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Anna Kendrick on Beca’s ‘Surprising’ Character Arc in ‘Pitch Perfect 3’

Pitch Perfect 3 feels like something of an anomaly. In an age of increasing cynicism, here’s the franchise that dares ask, ‘What if everyone was, just, like, nice to one another?’ They’re the ultimate hang out films, less concerned with plot than in the moment-to-moment interactions of its cast. The best scenes in Pitch Perfect (and Pitch Perfect 2 and Pitch Perfect 3) are always just the ‘Bellas’ chatting and laughing with each other. Sure, there’s a plot to Pitch Perfect 3 – jumping three years ahead, The Bellas are having trouble acclimating to post-college …
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Indie Beat With ‘Jezebel’ Filmmaker & Actor Numa Perrier [Podcast]

Hello one and all! Thanks for tuning in to another iteration of Indie Beat!

Joining us this episode is Numa Perrier. Perrier co-created the platform Black & Sexy TV, an avenue for various web series that the filmmaker was involved in. It eventually grew to encompass other programs and birthed a very dedicated, supportive audience. One of their shows, “The Couple” (which Perrier also has a lead role in), now has a development deal at HBO.

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Eliza Hittman, Penny Lane Snag Rooftop Films Grants (Exclusive)

Eliza Hittman and Penny Lane have been honored with grants from Rooftop Films.

The two filmmakers were honored with the Garbó NYC Feature Film Grants, which comes with a $15,000 cash prize. Hittman will use the money support her new film, “A,” and Lane will use it on her next project, an untitled film about religious activism.

Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and showcasing the work of New York City filmmakers and musicians. As part of its mission, Rooftop provides grants to filmmakers, rents equipment at low-cost to artists and non-profits, and organizes film screenings. The group has backed some of the leading lights in independent film, among them Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Glory at Sea”), David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), Gillian Robespierre (“Obvious Child”), and Kitty Green (“Casting JonBenet”).

All told, Rooftop gave out 15 prizes or grants. The Rooftop Films Brigade Festival Publicity Grant will be awarded to [link
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Matthew Vaughn Interested In Dceu Because His Movie Will “Probably Be Better” Than The Disappointments So Far

While Matthew Vaughn‘s career has almost exclusively been blockbusters and tentpoles (“Kick-Ass,” two ‘Kingsman‘ movies, “X-Men: First Class“) he has always been cagey about sequels. This fall he talked about why he bailed out of making “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” and though he his name has been linked to a followup to “Man Of Steel,” nothing has moved much beyond speculation.

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James Mangold Bashes Film Writer After Negative ‘Logan’ Tweet: ‘You Seem Pompous to Me’

James Mangold Bashes Film Writer After Negative ‘Logan’ Tweet: ‘You Seem Pompous to Me’
James Mangold is not hiding his distaste for Hollywood Elsewhere founder and writer Jeff Wells. The “Logan” director lashed out against Wells on Twitter after the film writer made a jab at Mangold’s latest Wolverine film by calling it “too violent.”

Read More:‘Logan’: 10 Ways Hugh Jackman and James Mangold Convinced Fox to Make A Bold and Bloody Superhero Movie

Mangold replied to Wells by saying he could’ve predicted his negative reaction. Wells tried to amend his comment by linking to his article “Logan.” Wells’ piece isn’t exactly positive, although it does praise Dafne Keen’s breakout performance.

“Really? Jesus, Jeff. I’m gonna have to assume you have aspergers or otherwise I just can’t keep up the good will,” Mangold replied. “Aw, fuck it. Shove your self promoting links to your crooked prognostications up your pompous ass. And find a new hairstyle, that pomp is getting Trumpy.
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The Best Action Sequences Of 2017

Cinema is, quite literally, action, and while some of the snootier critics might look down on the action movie, there are few purer cinematic pleasures than looking at a great set-piece sequence, from “The General” to “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Technology might have made jaw-dropping spectacle easier than ever to pull off, but a summer where CGI behemoths were outshone by more modest, old-fashioned movies reminded us that thrills come from craft more than they come from blowing up a bajillion robots (though, when done right, the latter can be fun too).

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The Best Twists, Shocking Moments, and Outrageous Scenes of 2017 TV, Ranked

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The Best Twists, Shocking Moments, and Outrageous Scenes of 2017 TV, Ranked
The best spoilers, twists, and surprises are different experiences on television than any other medium. Some are payoffs years in the making. Others rely on deft serialized storytelling to deliver maximum impact. Still more count on the intimate relationship between viewers and characters.

And yet some twists barely need any time at all. On the list below, there are moments fans have been waiting for since the first episode, as well as scenes pulled directly from the first episode. Some surprises are good for just the one episode in which they’re unveiled. You never know when something big is going to happen on TV, nor do you know how that twist might affect the future.

Read More:The Top 10 TV Shows of 2017

Twists are a big risk so they should be respected accordingly. Because they can irreparably ruin a show or make it come alive, it takes skill and foresight
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Movie Talk: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Has Second Largest Opening of All-Time

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (Monday December 18th, 2017) Mark Ellis, Jon Schnepp, Kristian Harloff, Ashley Mova discuss the following: Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivers second largest opening ever Box Office report Oscar Isaac in talks to voice Gomez Addams in animated Addams Family movie 48 Hrs remake in the works with Good Time filmmakers Laddie trailer: meet the man who made Star Wars possible Mail Bag Live Twitter Questions…
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Oscar-Shortlisted Director Jeff Orlowski On ‘Chasing Coral’ & Threat Posed By Coral Reef Destruction

Oscar-Shortlisted Director Jeff Orlowski On ‘Chasing Coral’ & Threat Posed By Coral Reef Destruction
Director Jeff Orlowski logged some serious miles for his latest documentary, Chasing Coral, about the threat facing the ocean's corals and what that portends for humankind. "I think the word ‘chasing’ in the title is very appropriate. We started off in Florida and the Caribbean and we were documenting everything there, and then it took us to Hawaii, American Samoa; ultimately Australia is where we got a lot of the main footage in the film," he tells Deadline. "We also…
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