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Tom Hanks Movie ‘News Of The World’ Adds Thomas Francis Murphy

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Tom Hanks Movie ‘News Of The World’ Adds Thomas Francis Murphy
Exclusive: The Walking Dead actor Thomas Francis Murphy has joined Universal’s News of the World in the role of Merritt Farley opposite Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel.

Based on the best-selling novel by Paulette Jiles, News of the World, set in the post Civil War period, follows the unlikely friendship between Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks), an earlier precursor to today’s newscasters, and the 10-year-old girl (Zengel) he is tasked with bringing to her relatives. Paul Greengrass is directing and adapting the latest version of the script from Luke Davies.

Murphy’s credits include HBO’s True Detective, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, and Gary RossFree State of Jones. Other notable parts include recurring on Wgn’s Salem, FX’s American Horror Story and supporting roles in The Whole Truth opposite Keanu Reeves and Same Kind of Different As Me opposite Renee Zellweger.

Murphy is represented by TCA Mgmt,
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Matthew McConaughey’s New Job: Communications Professor

Matthew McConaughey’s New Job: Communications Professor
Matthew McConaughey has landed a surprising new role as the actor has signed on as a faculty professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication. The Oscar-winning actor will start in the Fall 2019 term with the Department of Radio-Television-Film.

McConaughey — who graduated with a film degree from Ut Austin in 1993 — has served as a visiting instructor since 2015, when he started co-teaching the “Script to Screen” course with director and faculty member Scott Rice. The Texas native and Austin resident also developed the course’s curriculum,
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‘Mockingbird’s Gideon Glick Will Mind The ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ During Jonathan Groff’s Two-Week Leave

‘Mockingbird’s Gideon Glick Will Mind The ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ During Jonathan Groff’s Two-Week Leave
Exclusive: Gideon Glick, To Kill a Mockingbird‘s Tony-nominated Dill Harris, will drop by the upcoming Little Shop of Horrors for a quick visit, filling in for star Jonathan Groff, star of Netflix’s Mindhunter, during the latter’s pre-scheduled two-week leave from the production.

The announcement was made by producers today.

The Little Shop of Horrors Off Broadway revival will begin previews Tuesday, September 17, at the Westside Theatre, with opening night set for Thursday, October 17. Glick will take the role of Seymour Tuesday, November 5 through Sunday, November 17. Groff returns on Tuesday, November 19.

Glick, who has moved Mockingbird‘s audience with his poignant and very funny portrayal of the young Truman Capote-based Dill since last year’s opening of the Aaron Sorkin adaptation of the Harper Lee novel. He’s also appeared in Broadway’s Significant Other in 2017 and Spring Awakening in 2006, among other stage credits. On TV he
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Save the date for Mindy Kaling's Four Weddings and a Funeral trailer

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Call your stylist, bring your best finery to the dry cleaners and ... maybe set your funeral attire to the side as well? Today, Hulu has unveiled an official trailer and key art for the upcoming limited anthology rom-com series Four Weddings And A Funeral from Mindy Kaling. After dazzling audiences with her performance as Amita for Gary Ross' crime comedy Ocean's 8, and…
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How Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 4 Would Have Panned Out

Rob Leane Jun 24, 2019

Mysterio is set to make his big-screen debut next week, but he might have appeared earlier. Here's the story behind Raimi's ditched sequel

Spider-Man: Far From Home is swinging into theaters on July 2, finally introducing classic nemesis – or is he? – Mysterio (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) to the big screen. But if everything had gone to plan with Sam Raimi's fourth Spider-Man movie, the character might not have had to wait this long for his cinematic debut.

Sam Raimi’s Tobey Maguire-starring Spider-Man series wasn’t always intended to finish where it did. Despite not-particularly-glowing reviews, Spider-Man 3 made a massive $890 million at the global box office – a very strong total for a solo superhero film, even by modern standards – and talk quickly turned to a sequel. Spider-Man 4 seemed a very likely prospect at the time, and many of us were hoping that Raimi could
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‘Venom’ Squeezes Plenty Of Black Ink For Sony: No. 6 In 2018 Most Valuable Blockbuster Tournament

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When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn’t about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament for 2018, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources.

Venom

Sony

The Film

Venom had his villainous turn in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, but a solo effort was a tougher. Filmmaker Gary Ross took a shot at it, but the Marc Webb-directed reboot The Amazing Spider-Man took precedence. Finally, Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer and Tom Hardy found the handle around May 2017. Hardy wages an existential battle with the parasitic Venom throughout the movie, and the movie wasn’t that easy behind the scenes,
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‘The Favourite’, ‘Bumblebee’ Among 2018 Films To Get ReFrame Stamp

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ReFrame, the coalition formed by Women in Film, the Sundance Institute and IMDbPro, has designated a total of 20 films among 2018’s 100 highest-grossing titles to receive the ReFrame Stamp, which recognize standout, gender-balanced films.

The list released Wednesday includes Fox Searchlight’s Oscar Best Picture-nominated The Favourite, Paramount’s Transformers pic Bumblebee, Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, Stx’s I Feel Pretty and Lionsgate’s The Spy Who Dumped Me. Nine additional films outside the top 100 were awarded stamps after applying (see the full lists below).

The stamp, launched last June, awarded 12 film stamps in 2017. But the group’s 2018 study found continued disparities in female representation and women of color, with just 4% of the top 100 films directed by a female (down from 6% a year ago), and 23% written by a female. A total of 37% featured female leads, with only 9% being women of color.

“While 2017 saw an uptick in films directed by women,
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ReFrame, IMDBPro Announce 20 Certified Gender-Balanced Films

  • Variety
The ReFrame coalition of industry leaders and IMDBPro have unveiled 20 movies certified as gender-balanced productions among the top 100 box office films released in 2018.

The list includes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” Paramount Pictures’ “Bumblebee,” Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “The Favourite,” Stx’s “I Feel Pretty,” Lionsgate’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” Fox’s “The Hate U Give,” and Warner Bros.’ “Crazy Rich Asians.”

ReFrame, founded by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute, launched the data initiative last June in an effort to recognize and promote gender-balanced films and television shows. It said Wednesday that the increase in recipients of the ReFrame Stamp from 12 in 2017 to 20 stemmed from gains in the roles of department heads and women-of-color leads and co-leads. Still, the report noted that there remained shortfalls in several key areas.

“This positive news within the top 100 films is offset by the significant discrepancy in female hires with
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How Pleasantville Explores Fandom, Nostalgia and Identity

Mark Harrison Dec 26, 2018

Pleasantville is a big-screen treatment of small screen nostalgia, and it's a movie that deserves more attention.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

This feature contains spoilers for Pleasantville.

When Gary RossPleasantville was released on DVD in the UK, its cover bore a Total Film review pull-quote labelling it as “The Truman Show meets Back to the Future.” It’s the kind of description that sounds bang-on but doesn’t actually do the film any favors. Judging by the numbers, it certainly didn't help its box office performance at the time. Scanning more like a feature-length Twilight Zone story than a knockabout fantasy comedy, this technically brilliant film weaves an interesting teen movie-cum-civil rights drama around a fictional 1950s sitcom called Pleasantville.

In the film, high-schooler David (Tobey Maguire) is a child of divorce and a devoted Pleasantville geek, who clearly enjoys retreating into
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Gary Ross to Rewrite and Direct ‘Will’ for Paramount and Gary Sanchez (Exclusive)

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Gary Ross to Rewrite and Direct ‘Will’ for Paramount and Gary Sanchez (Exclusive)
The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross has closed a deal to rewrite the script for the Paramount Pictures and Gary Sanchez Productions dramedy “Will” with plans to direct the project once the script is done.

The previous draft was written by Demetri Martin with Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and Kevin Messick producing for Gary Sanchez.

The film is a dramatic comedy that examines the tension between free will and destiny, and the occasional joy of being alive.

A production start date has not yet been set, as execs want Ross focused on the rewrite.

Ross is no stranger to the dramatic comedy genre, cutting his teeth in the ’80s and ’90s writing scripts to classic pics such as “Dave” and “Big,” both of which earned him Oscar nominations for best screenplay. Ross would eventually launch his directing career with the critically acclaimed “Pleasantville” and follow that up with the Oscar-nominated “Seabiscuit.
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Ice Age and Rio director to make live-action debut with The Phantom Tollbooth

THR is reporting that TriStar Pictures has enlisted Carlos Saldanha to direct the long-gestating adaptation of Norton Juster’s classic children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth, replacing Matt Shakman (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) who has left the project due to scheduling issues.

Saldanha will be making his live-action debut on the movie, having previously helmed the animated features Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Rio, Rio 2 and Ferdinand. He also served as co-director on Ice Age and Robots.

The Phantom Tollbooth “tells the story of a bored young boy named Milo who unexpectedly received a magic tollbooth one afternoon and, having nothing better to do, decides to drive through it in his toy car. The tollbooth transports him to a land called the Kingdom of Wisdom, where he acquires two faithful companions, has many adventures, and goes on a quest to rescue the
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Ocean’s Eleven Dresses up

Historical synopsis of the Saga

On June 5th, 2018 Ocean’s 8 premiered, collecting more than 300 million dollars at the box office, becoming the fifth success this famous and exciting saga gives us.

The fruits of success have not been strange to this film since it appeared in the middle of the 20th century; on August 10, 1960, to be more specific.

The first installment of this series of films was originally called Ocean’s 11, and had the participation of great actors of the time, as they were: Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra.

The plot takes place in Las Vegas, when a group of ex-soldiers intended to steal the five largest casinos in the city in a single night: the Sands Hotel and Casino, the Riviera Hotel and Casino, the Flamenco Las Vegas, the Sahara Hotel and Casino and the Di Hotel and Casino.

Everything they planned
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‘Pleasantville’s Themes of Repression Remain Potent 20 Years Later

Not every film is made to stand the test of time, especially those commenting on specific socio-political events or struggles. A film can become dated for a myriad of reasons, some of which are out of the filmmaker’s control. So with the 20th anniversary of writer/director Gary Ross’ film Pleasantville already here—a movie I love, but haven’t seen in quite some time—I was curious to revisit the comedy/drama to see how well it holds up. While the basic premise finds a pair of 90s teenagers being transported into the black-and-white world …
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‘Ocean’s 8′ Blu-ray Review

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Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Richard Armitage, James Corden | Written by Gary Ross, Olivia Milch | Directed by Gary Ross

“Don’t do it for me. Don’t do it for you. Somewhere out there is an eight year old girl, lying in bed, dreaming of being a criminal. Do it for her.” So goes the best line in Ocean’s 8, the gender-flipped sort-of sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s noughties heist trilogy. Unfortunately, though the cast are great and it’s entirely watchable, the film isn’t quite as deliciously subversive or as much fun as that line would suggest.

Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, the hitherto unmentioned sister of George Clooney’s Danny, who is now apparently deceased. Having just spent five years in prison for fraud, thanks to a scurrilous ex (Richard Armitage) who ratted her out, Debbie
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Golden Globes Surprise: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ Won’t Compete as Musicals

Golden Globes Surprise: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ Won’t Compete as Musicals
In what universe is “The Martian” a musical or comedy, but “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born” are not? The Golden Globes, of course.

Fox submitted Ridley Scott’s space epic to the Globes in 2015 as Best Musical/Comedy, and it won. This year, two of the year’s most-vaunted musicals won’t compete in that category at all. “A Star Is Born” qualifies as a musical, as its many original songs are designed to advance the emotions of the characters in the story, but Warner Bros. is going for Drama.

So is Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which runs through a concert repertory of Queen songs lip-synched by Rami Malek, effectively channeling Freddy Mercury. This pits Emmy-winner Malek (“Mr. Robot”) in a movie directed by scandal-tainted Bryan Singer against much stronger Best Actor contender Bradley Cooper — a three-time Oscar nominee who directs himself in a strong dramatic performance as
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Golden Globes Surprise: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ Won’t Compete as Musicals

Golden Globes Surprise: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ Won’t Compete as Musicals
In what universe is “The Martian” a musical or comedy, but “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born” are not? The Golden Globes, of course.

Fox submitted Ridley Scott’s space epic to the Globes in 2015 as Best Musical/Comedy, and it won. This year, two of the year’s most-vaunted musicals won’t compete in that category at all. “A Star Is Born” qualifies as a musical, as its many original songs are designed to advance the emotions of the characters in the story, but Warner Bros. is going for Drama.

So is Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which runs through a concert repertory of Queen songs lip-synched by Rami Malek, effectively channeling Freddy Mercury. This pits Emmy-winner Malek (“Mr. Robot”) in a movie directed by scandal-tainted Bryan Singer against much stronger Best Actor contender Bradley Cooper — a three-time Oscar nominee who directs himself in a strong dramatic performance as
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Three of the best horse racing movies of all time!

Are you a horse racing and movie fan? If that is a yes, then the below films are a must watch for you as they cover the careers of three iconic American racehorses through history. Want some more entertainment? Then head over to casino-bonuscode.us for some great offers on some of the best casino games out there.

Secretariat

Where better to start than with the 2010 American sports drama film Secretariat. This was released by Walt Disney pictures and written by Mike Rich and Sheldon Turner. Overall the film received mixed reviews and earned $60.3 million from its budget of $35 million.

The movie itself covered the life of iconic thoroughbred race horse Secretariat. He of course was the winner of the triple crown in 1973 and still to this day is regarded as one of the greatest race horses of all time. The movie shows the incredible moment in which the horse
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2018 Academy Governors Awards Include Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and Cicely Tyson

On Tuesday night, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted for this year’s Governors Awards. Honorary Oscar winners are publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin, and actress Cicely Tyson. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award will go to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshal, all presented at the Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on Sunday, November 18, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

This was a relatively happy and carefree decision. Still on the table is the fate of the Best Popular Film award, which was the subject of much discussion at the Telluride Film Festival, where the Academy throws an annual party. Lucasfilm president Kennedy, who is no longer on the Board, wondered if it was an idea worth saving.

The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, a bust of the motion picture executive, is presented to creative producers
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2018 Academy Governors Awards Include Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and Cicely Tyson

  • Indiewire
On Tuesday night, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted for this year’s Governors Awards. Honorary Oscar winners are publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin, and actress Cicely Tyson. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award will go to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshal, all presented at the Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on Sunday, November 18, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

This was a relatively happy and carefree decision. Still on the table is the fate of the Best Popular Film award, which was the subject of much discussion at the Telluride Film Festival, where the Academy throws an annual party. Lucasfilm president Kennedy, who is no longer on the Board, wondered if it was an idea worth saving.

The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, a bust of the motion picture executive, is presented to creative producers
See full article at Indiewire »

Film News Roundup: Women Moviegoers Show Support for ‘Aquaman,’ ‘Venom’

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Film News Roundup: Women Moviegoers Show Support for ‘Aquaman,’ ‘Venom’
In today’s film news roundup, female moviegoers are most excited to see “Aquaman,” Matt Jackson starts his own company, and a Columbian thriller is getting a Korean remake.

Survey

Aquaman,” “Venom,” and “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” are the upcoming movies that female moviegoers are most excited to see, according to a survey by Atom Tickets.

The online ticket seller announced the results Friday in celebration and support of Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26, and launched a digital and social media campaign to promote Women’s Equality Day with a ticketing offer of half off a movie ticket for first-time buyers.

The results were based on an Aug. 23 survey of 10,000 women who are “frequent moviegoers.” “Night School” was ranked as the most-anticipated comedy title in the survey. Women ranked their favorite genre as action/adventure, followed by comedy and sci-fi/fantasy.

An overwhelming number of women (90%) said
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