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Superhero Bits: What if Edward Norton’s Hulk Got Smart, Kevin Garnett Wants to Be in ‘Blade’ & More

What role does Kevin Garnett want to play in Mahershala Ali‘s Blade movie? How many Hulks has Bruce Banner been in Marvel Comics history? Want a quick glimpse of Brenton Thwaites as Nightwing in the second season of Titans? Is Chris Hemsworth still the main character in Thor: Love & Thunder? How did a Marvel […]

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Margot Robbie & Her LuckyChap Label In Talks For ‘Fools Day’ At New Line

  • Deadline
Margot Robbie & Her LuckyChap Label In Talks For ‘Fools Day’ At New Line
Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment is in talks to produce Fools Day at New Line, for which the Suicide Squad actress also is in negotiations to play a key supporting role.

The project is based on Cody Blue Snider’s award-winning comedy short Fools Day, which New Line acquired some time ago. Snider, co-wrote and directed the short and also will direct and co-write the upcoming full-length feature. Shane Snider and Keatyn Lee also will co-write.

Fools Day follows a fourth-grade class who plays an innocent April Fools prank on their teacher that accidentally kills her. Convinced they’ll go to prison if anyone finds out, they try to hide her body before a police officer arrives for their anti-drug lesson. Robbie plans to play the teacher. The short was honored at more than 30 film festivals around the globe.

Bill Migliore, Edward Norton, and John Rickard are producing. Robbie, Tom Ackerley
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Margot Robbie in Talks to Executive Produce, Star in Comedy ‘Fools Day’

  • Variety
Margot Robbie in Talks to Executive Produce, Star in Comedy ‘Fools Day’
Margot Robbie is in negotiations to executive produce and star as a fourth-grade teacher in New Line’s comedy “Fools Day.”

New Line has acquired Cody Blue Snider’s short film of the same name to adapt into the feature project. Snider, who co-wrote and directed the short, will direct the full-length feature from a script he penned with Shane Snider and Keatyn Lee.

The short, which has been honored at more than 30 film festivals, centers on a fourth grade class that accidentally kills their teacher when they play an innocent April Fool’s Day prank on her. Convinced they’ll go to prison if anyone finds out, they try to hide her body before a police officer arrives for their anti-drug lesson.

If Robbie’s deal goes through, she will star as the teacher in what’s described as a supporting role. Producers on the feature are Bill Migliore,
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Margot Robbie's Luckychap, New Line in Talks for Comedy 'Fools Day'

New Line is getting pranked.

The company is teaming with Margot Robbie to adapt Fools Day, a comedy short by Cody Blue Snider, into a feature film.

The actress is in negotiations to take on a supporting role in the project, while her banner, Luckychap Entertainment, is in talks to be one of the production entities behind it. If the deals are made, Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara will executive produce.

Snider, who co-wrote and directed the 18-minute short, will direct the full-length feature and is co-writing the script with Shane Snider, Keatyn Lee. Bill Migliore, Edward Norton and John ...
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Marvel Fan Imagines What Edward Norton Could Have Looked Like as Smart Hulk

Had Marvel Studios and Edward Norton decided to continue working together on the McU films, things would have been interestingly different. Especially when Bruce Banner makes the transition to Smart Hulk in Avengers: Endgame. In case you’ve wondered what that might have looked like, a fan whipped up this little visual:

Ever wondered how Edward Norton would look like as Hulk in Endgame? I did, so I made this. from r/marvelstudios

It would’ve been really weird seeing Norton as Smart Hulk. In the long run I’m glad that things didn’t work out between Marvel and Norton. As Much as I love Norton as an actor, I’m sure there’s a lot of stuff in these McU films that I don’t think he would have wanted to go along with. Mark Ruffalo seems like a more easy going kind of guy to work with.
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Don’t Believe the Tiff Hype: ‘Hustlers’ Is More Globes than Oscars, ‘A Hidden Life’ Is Fox Searchlight’s Gem

Don’t Believe the Tiff Hype: ‘Hustlers’ Is More Globes than Oscars, ‘A Hidden Life’ Is Fox Searchlight’s Gem
The Toronto International Film Festival’s welcoming audiences and traffic-chasing media can deliver a mighty headwind for movies hoping to gain momentum in the Oscar race. But not everybody gets that push. And the reality does not always match the clickbait headlines.

Yes, festival fave “Hustlers” rode a tsunami of press. After all, Jennifer Lopez is an established global star who knew exactly what to do with her alluring role as a pole-riding stripper. But while all that buzz might pull moviegoers into theaters this weekend, “Hustlers” (which B-movie distributor Stx took over from A-movie producer Annapurna) is far more likely to play for the Hollywood Foreign Press than the more tony Academy voters, who want their Oscar contenders to shine with the patina of art. If the movie is a hit and Lopez’s team finds financial backing for an awards campaign, she could squeak into a Supporting Actress slot.
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Don’t Believe the Tiff Hype: ‘Hustlers’ Is More Globes than Oscars, ‘A Hidden Life’ Is Fox Searchlight’s Gem

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Don’t Believe the Tiff Hype: ‘Hustlers’ Is More Globes than Oscars, ‘A Hidden Life’ Is Fox Searchlight’s Gem
The Toronto International Film Festival’s welcoming audiences and traffic-chasing media can deliver a mighty headwind for movies hoping to gain momentum in the Oscar race. But not everybody gets that push. And the reality does not always match the clickbait headlines.

Yes, festival fave “Hustlers” rode a tsunami of press. After all, Jennifer Lopez is an established global star who knew exactly what to do with her alluring role as a pole-riding stripper. But while all that buzz might pull moviegoers into theaters this weekend, “Hustlers” (which B-movie distributor Stx took over from A-movie producer Annapurna) is far more likely to play for the Hollywood Foreign Press than the more tony Academy voters, who want their Oscar contenders to shine with the patina of art. If the movie is a hit and Lopez’s team finds financial backing for an awards campaign, she could squeak into a Supporting Actress slot.
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Review: Motherless Brooklyn (Tiff 2019)

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Plot: A private detective (Edward Norton) with Tourette’s Syndrome, working in 1950’s New York, tries to solve his late mentor’s murder and uncovers a vast conspiracy involving a prominent citizen (Alec Baldwin). Review: Motherless Brooklyn has long been a passion project for Edward Norton who, in addition to starring, also directed and wrote the screenplay for this adaptation,…
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Tiff Review: ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ is a Cynical, Turgid Adaptation from Edward Norton

Few films come out in any given year with creative choices as baffling as the ones made by Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn. The story goes that when the novel came out in 1999 Norton was instantly struck by Jonathan Lethem’s acclaimed gumshoe neo-noir about a private detective suffering with Tourette Syndrome and began developing the project by as soon as 2002. This was a huge period for Norton, having only just burst onto the scene in 1996 by starring in Primal Fear, The People Vs. Larry Flynt, and a Woody Allen film all in the same year. By 2002 he had made his mark, stacking up on top those titles: David Fincher’s Fight Club, American History X (this time a Best Actor Oscar nomination), playing Hannibal detective Will Graham in Red Dragon, directing his first movie and accomplishing what was surely his very finest performance in Spike Lee’s devastating and impassioned 25th Hour.
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Motherless Brooklyn review – Edward Norton's weighty labour of love

The actor returns to the director’s chair for a respectable if heavy-going adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling crime thriller

This film is a labour of love from its writer-producer-director-star Edward Norton, as loving as it is laborious, maybe. Motherless Brooklyn is an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s bestselling novel about a New York private detective with Tourette syndrome – Norton has been developing this for the screen pretty much ever since its publication in 1999, and it is good to see him get it over the finish line.

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Motherless Brooklyn Tiff Premiere: Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe & more on the 1950s crime drama

  • HeyUGuys
We present our interviews from the Tiff premiere of Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn, which he stars in, as well as directing and writer his own adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s novel. It stars Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin, Leslie Mann, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Kenneth Williams and Fisher Stevens.

The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, and these are our interviews from the red carpet.

Synopsis:

Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, “Motherless Brooklyn” follows Lionel Essrog (Norton), a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve his friend’s murder. Armed only with a few clues and the powerful engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance.

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Oscars 2020: Best Costume Design Predictions

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Oscars 2020: Best Costume Design Predictions
Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is the early Oscar frontrunner for Best Costume Design, with Arianne Phillips creating contrasting iconic looks (circa 1969) for Leonardo DiCaprio’s has-been actor, Brad Pitt’s rugged stunt man, and Margot Robbie’s angelic Sharon Tate. It’s turtlenecks and leather for DiCaprio, Hawaiian shirt and denim for Pitt, and yellow hot pants and go-go boots for Robbie, among other vintage looks.

Meanwhile, three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell is back for Martin Scorsese’s true life gangster epic, “The Irishman,” creating different period threads for Robert De Niro’s mob hitman, Frank Sheeran, Al Pacino’s labor leader, Jimmy Hoffa, and Joe Pesci’s crime boss, Russell Bufalino, conveying conspicuous or inconspicuous status and power.

For Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” two-time Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges re-imagines the legendary Batman nemesis (Joaquin Phoenix) as a failed stand-up comic trapped between the ’70s and ’80s.
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Box Office: ‘Joker’ Eyes Hefty $80 Million-Plus Debut

  • Variety
Warner Bros.’ “The Joker,” an origin story about the notorious Batman villain, is shaping up to be a big hit despite being one of the darkest mainstream movies to hit screens in years.

The film is on pace to debut to a sizable $76 million to $88 million when it hits theaters on Oct. 4, according to early tracking. Some executives believe those numbers are very inflated because the film is so unconventional and has characteristics that could alienate fanboys and fangirls as well as more mainstream crowds. Warner Bros. believes the dark thriller could launch in the $50 million to $55 million range.

Even if “Joker” opens well below that bullish tracking, a start above $50 million-plus would be a success. While those figures would rank on the lower side when it comes to comic-book adaptations, “Joker” is not a typical superhero tentpole — it’s a violent R-rated character study that’s closer to “Taxi Driver” than “Aquaman” or “Shazam.
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‘Motherless Brooklyn’ Review: Dir. Edward Norton (2019) [Tiff]

It is hard to believe that it has been nineteen years since Edward Norton stepped behind the camera to direct a feature film. A two-decade sabbatical means that Motherless Brooklyn would be something special, but in fact, the filmmaker has been trying to get the film made for many years – reportedly developing the movie since the early 2000s.

Courtesy of Tiff

Adapted from the Jonathan Lethem book of the same name – which is set in and around New York City in the 1990s, Norton – who acts as actor, screenwriter, director, and co-producer chooses to set his film in the 1950s, firmly in the film noir genre, complete with moody-lit NYC streets, smoky whiskey joints and a soundtrack dripping with soft jazz.

We open with Edward Norton’s character, Lionel Essrog, forty-something and suffering with Tourette’s syndrome, sat in a car with friend and work colleague Gilbert (Ethan Surplee) who are waiting for their boss,
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‘Motherless Brooklyn’ Review: Edward Norton Cobbles Together a Dense, Rickety Noir | Tiff 2019

I doubt you could really get Chinatown made today. It’s a dense, bleak noir about corruption and American power. The closest you could probably get is Edward Norton’s new movie, Motherless Brooklyn, which lacks the style and competency of the 1974 classic but retains its ambition. Motherless Brooklyn, Norton’s first directorial effort since his 2000 rom-com Keeping the Faith, is clearly a labor of love. It’s an unusual, atypical project that doesn’t check any studio boxes, and it’s not like audiences are chomping at the bit to see a 50s-set noir featuring …
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Toronto: 'Motherless Brooklyn' May Face an Uphill Climb With Film Academy

Toronto: 'Motherless Brooklyn' May Face an Uphill Climb With Film Academy
Motherless Brooklyn, a passion project for Edward Norton — he adapted Jonathan Lethem's 1999 Chinatown-esque novel into the script for and directed, produced and stars in the movie — had its Toronto International Film Festival premiere on Tuesday night at the Princess of Wales Theatre, where it was warmly received.

It's kind of incredible that an ambitious neo-noir film of this sort even got made in 2019 by a major Hollywood studio, Warner Bros., which is set to release it Nov. 1. But, despite the best intentions of a lot of people — including Norton and an excellent cast that ...
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‘Vote the Environment’: Edward Norton on How to Be an Effective Climate Activist

  • Variety
‘Vote the Environment’: Edward Norton on How to Be an Effective Climate Activist
Edward Norton found activism at an early age. He also directs and stars in detective story “Motherless Brooklyn,” opening Nov. 1. Variety caught up with him as he prepared to hit the festival circuit with the adaptation of the Jonathan Lethem novel.

Where did your interest in environmental issues spring from?

All of the roots of my engagement with the challenge of environmental conservation lie in my upbringing and the inspiration of my father’s passion for that work. My father is one of the great conservation strategists, activists and doers of his generation, and to a significant degree, it became our family’s unifying work.

Do you think the entertainment industry could be doing more to address the climate crisis?

I think all industries need to participate in both communication about environmental sustainability as an urgent priority as well as committing to leveraging their businesses in every way possible to
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Toronto: Willem Dafoe Talks His Bushy Beard Look in 'Motherless Brooklyn' and 'The Lighthouse'

Toronto: Willem Dafoe Talks His Bushy Beard Look in 'Motherless Brooklyn' and 'The Lighthouse'
Willem Dafoe is at the Toronto International Film Festival with two movies, The Lighthouse and Motherless Brooklyn — both of which feature the actor sporting a bushy beard.

That's not a coincidence, Dafoe told a press conference for Edward Norton's Motherless Brooklyn, a 1950s-set crime drama about a private detective with Tourette's syndrome. The actor recalled already growing a beard to play a salty lighthouse keeper in Robert Eggers's The Lighthouse, where he appeared opposite Robert Pattinson.

And at the same time, Norton, at long last knowing his movie was a go, approached Dafoe to also have him join his ...
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‘Fight Club’ 20th Anniversary: Holt McCallany on Standing Behind Brad Pitt in ‘Iconic’ Photo

  • The Wrap
‘Fight Club’ 20th Anniversary: Holt McCallany on Standing Behind Brad Pitt in ‘Iconic’ Photo
Holt McCallany currently stars in Netflix’s “Mindhunter,” but two decades ago, he was an up-and-coming actor who found himself sharing the screen with Brad Pitt in “Fight Club.” As the David Fincher film celebrates the 20th anniversary of its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, McCallany reflects on being part of the “iconic photo” from the set, calling it “one of the really memorable moments of my career.”

The photo of a bloodied Brad Pitt shirtless in a dingy basement, smoking a cigarette and ready to fight is arguably the most famous image from the film. Surrounding Pitt are other fight club members, including McCallany.

Fans can buy a framed photo that was signed by Pitt for $600.

Also Read: Brad Pitt Says Tarantino Has 'Talked About' Making 'Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood' Into a Streaming Miniseries

“I love that photo,” McCallany told TheWrap. “It’s one of
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Toronto So Far: Amid Biopics and Awards Contenders, Everybody’s Waiting for ‘Joker’

  • The Wrap
The first four days of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival have seen a bevy of crowd-pleasing films, some hard-hitting dramas about race, several strong Oscar contenders and films about real people ranging from children’s TV icon Mister Rogers to profane comic Rudy Ray Moore.

So why does it feel as if everybody’s just waiting for “Joker”?

In a way, that’s an unfair characterization of Tiff as the first weekend concludes. Lots of worthy movies have screened, a couple of deals have been made and the opening stretch has been solid.

But ever since Tiff decreed that films that premiered at the Venice and Telluride festivals will need to wait until Monday to book a prime theater in Toronto, some significant films have been left waiting in the wings during the prime first days of the Canadian festival.

Also Read: Tiff 2019: Every Movie Sold So Far, From
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