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Newswire: Jordan Peele’s next movie will arrive in March 2019

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Whatever Jordan Peele devising for his Get Out follow-up will arrive March 15, 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter. At this point, we really have no idea what this “social thriller” at Universal is going to be about. But THR does note that Peele will be working with a lot more money this time around, as apparently the budget for the project is “five times bigger” than Get Out’s $5 million. That movie ended up making nearly $230 million worldwide, making Peele the first black writer-director to have a first film reach $100 million.

Earlier this month, news broke that Peele’s company Monkeypaw Productions had entered a first-look deal with Universal for his next movie, as well as a number of “micro-budgeted” endeavors with Jason Blum of Blumhouse.

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- Esther Zuckerman

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Newswire: Vanity Fair unveils an early look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Vanity Fair has unveiled a series of covers this morning shot by Annie Leibovitz and dedicated to the cast of The Last Jedi. The poses are familiar—Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill gaze into the distance as Rey and Luke; Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver, and Domhnall Gleeson make a villainous trio—but most striking of them all is the solo portrait of Carrie Fisher, who stares down the camera in an image that manages to be both powerful and wistful.

Leading up to @StarWars‘s 40th anniversary, Vanity Fair introduces the next chapter in its saga: #TheLastJedi https://t.co/jLLif1n8L4 pic.twitter.com/41Yb5GVMES

— Vanity Fair (@VanityFair) May 23, 2017

A fourth cover also introduces one of the franchise’s new members, as Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico grins beside Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and John Boyega’s Finn. During the Star Wars Celebration last month, »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Newswire: R.I.P. Sir Roger Moore, longest tenured James Bond

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Sir Roger Moore, the British actor best known for his seven-movie run as James Bond in films like Live And Let Die and The Spy Who Loved Me, has died. His family confirmed the news with a statement released on Twitter saying Moore had died after a brief battle with cancer. He was 89.

With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg

Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017

Born in London in 1927, after studying at the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Moore moved to the U.S. in 1953 to pursue a film career. However, despite signing a seven-year contract with MGM in 1954, Moore’s career didn’t really take off until he took the starring role in the TV series Ivanhoe in 1958. In the early ...

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- Katie Rife

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Movie Review: The magnificent Long Strange Trip captures the splendor and folly of the Grateful Dead

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Some of the most surprisingly gripping passages in Dennis McNally’s 2001 book A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History Of The Grateful Dead have to do with amplifiers. The band’s longtime publicist spent decades with the Dead, and watched them shrug off major details of their business—like getting their songs just right in a recording studio or keeping track of their income—while practically tearing each other apart over the small stuff. In 1974, frontman Jerry Garcia and his mates poured money and man-hours into developing a sound system so loud and so clear that at outdoor concerts the music would sound pristine a half-mile away. They knew that the best way to experience the band was at a live show, surrounded by fellow pilgrims, grooving to every note of otherworldly improvisations. So that’s where they directed their resources: to positioning the speakers.

Any Deadheads out ...

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- Noel Murray

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Soundtracks Of Our Lives: Lost Highway put David Lynch onto America’s car stereos

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If Twin Peaks brought David Lynch into America’s living rooms, then Lost Highway put him on America’s car stereos. The film itself is a heady mindfuck of a neo-noir tale structured around the idea of a Möbius strip, a reassurance that network TV had not impeded Lynch’s ability to dive into the deeper, darker waters of his subconscious. Save for The Straight Story, none of Lynch’s films can be called “heartwarming,” but the tone of Lost Highway is especially chilling, eschewing tongue-in-cheek Americana for snuff films, graphic head wounds, and a sinister Mystery Man pale as death itself. Like its predecessors Wild At Heart—which debuted to mixed reception at Cannes, despite winning the Palme D’Or—and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, critics and audiences didn’t seem to know what to make of the film, and it left theaters after a modest three-week »

- Katie Rife

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Newswire: Tom Holland to play young Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie

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Forget Mark Wahlberg and forget Nathan Fillion (seriously, he’s way too old), Sony Pictures has finally found someone to play hero Nathan Drake in its big-screen adaptation of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted video game series. According to Deadline, the lucky brown-haired man is none other than Tom Holland, who already happens to be starring in Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Homecoming. Apparently, Sony Pictures head Tom Rothman was so happy with Holland’s performance in Homecoming that he convinced Uncharted director Shawn Levy to make his movie into a prequel story, with the narrative now taking its inspiration from a flashback sequence in 2011’s Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

The Nathan Drake of the video games is a roguish treasure hunter, but the studio is now looking to hire a new writer who can create a new draft of the script that details how a young Nathan Drake became that ...

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- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: Zack Snyder steps down from Justice League after daughter’s death

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Zack Snyder has announced that he’s stepping down from the Justice League movie so he can spend time with his family in the wake of his 20-year-old daughter Autumn’s suicide in March. Snyder and his family have been keeping details about her death private, with a recent two-week hiatus on Justice League production the only indication that something had happened. Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter that he was initially eager to get back to work, thinking that it would be “a cathartic thing” to just put everything he had into finishing the movie so he could “see if that was a way through it,” but over the last two months he realized that he had to “take a step back” and spend time with his family instead.

Warner Bros. is “fully behind” his decision, with THR noting that the studio initially offered »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: James Wan to produce the Resident Evil movie reboot

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Over the weekend, we reported that German production company Constantin Film was planning to reboot the Resident Evil movie series, with that news coming just a few months after the release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Now, Deadline has a few more details about that reboot, and it sounds like Constantin might be serious about taking the series back to its horror roots. That’s because Saw and The Conjuring director James Wan has signed on as a producer, so he should be able to lend some of his horror cred to this series.

Deadline also says that the new movie will have “an entirely new cast,” and the script will be written by newcomer Greg Russo. We don’t know if it will go back to the basic plot of the Resident Evil video games—something the old movies dipped into at random—but as long as there »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: Meme becomes reality as Netflix orders Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna’s con artist movie

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Here’s some surprising news for 2017: It turns out that good things actually can happen, but only if everybody involved is really cool and talented. Today’s good thing is that Netflix has actually picked up some kind of con artist movie starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o, with Selma’s Ava DuVernay directing and Insecure’s Issa Rae writing. If you’re not sure why that’s so exciting, it all goes back to a viral tweet from earlier this year about a photo of Rihanna and Nyong’o sitting next to each other at a fashion show in 2014:

Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans https://t.co/PhWs1xd3nj

— Whoopherasskourtni (@1800Sadgal) April 18, 2017

From there, Twitter users basically dreamed up an entire movie about Rihanna and Nyong’o conning rich white »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: Universal has titled its new monster movie franchise the Dark Universe

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We’ve known for a while now that Universal has been angling to launch its very own universe based off its stable of monster properties, but today the studio named its budding franchise that will kick off with this summer’s The Mummy. It will be known as the Dark Universe—not to be confused with DC’s Dark Universe—and will officially continue with a Bill Condon directed Bride Of Frankenstein, set for release on Valentine’s Day 2019. How romantic. While casting for the eponymous role has yet to be announced, the current stars posed for a portrait, including: The Mummy’s Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella; Johnny Depp, who will be The Invisible Man; and Javier Bardem, scheduled to play Frankenstein’s Monster.

(Photo: Universal)

The announcement also revealed that Russell Crowe is going to be playing the Nick Fury of this universe, given that the organization ...

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- Esther Zuckerman

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Newswire: Willem Dafoe to play Vincent van Gogh in impressionistic new biopic

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Over the years, Vincent van Gogh has been played by Kirk Douglas, Benedict Cumberbatch, and even Tony Curran in those Doctor Who episodes. But now it’s Willem Dafoe’s turn to tackle the impressionist in an upcoming film titled At Eternity’s Gate, Deadline reports. Given the talent involved, it’s safe to assume that this isn’t your standard biopic: It’s being directed by The Diving Bell And The Butterfly’s Julian Schnabel, who’s also a visual artist, and looks to be a more impressionistic—get it?—take on the painter. “This is a film about painting and a painter and their relationship to infinity,” Schnabel says. “It is told by a painter. It contains what I felt were essential moments in his life; this is not the official history—it’s my version. One that I hope could make you closer to him.” Yes, but »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Newswire: Weekend Box Office: Here’s some money, go see a star war

22 May 2017 9:29 AM, PDT

By current estimates, Alien: Covenant took the top spot at the box office this weekend by a very narrow margin, racking up $36 million to the estimated $35.1 million earned by the runner-up, Guardians Of Galaxy Vol. 2. A difference of less than a million dollars between first and second place is rare, especially when one of the films in question has been in theaters for three weeks. One might point to Alien: Covenant underperforming its predecessor, Prometheus, which made $51 million on its opening weekend, or to the fact that Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is a commercial juggernaut fueled by a massive $145 million opening weekend. However you spin it (and whichever film ends up taking the top spot once those estimates are replaced by hard figures), America spent a lot of money this weekend on seeing aliens, spaceships, and airlocks on the big screen, as »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Coming Distractions: Johnny Greenwood scores Joaquin Phoenix kicking ass in You Were Never Here first look

22 May 2017 8:27 AM, PDT

Director Lynne Ramsay’s new film You Were Never Here had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, but you can get a small glimpse of it right now. Not only that, but this short clip includes a taste of the score, composed by Johnny Greenwood. The Radiohead guitarist, more known for his lush modernist orchestral scores for Paul Thomas Anderson (with whom he’s currently collaborating on yet another project), seems to have rediscovered a place for smooth pulsating grooves, as the music here evokes a Euro-club cool that pairs well with Ramsay’s roving camerawork. The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as a war veteran attempting to save women from sex traffickers (based on a novella by Bored To Death’s Jonathan Ames), and based on this clip, he‘s not fucking around when it comes to the nasty parts of the job. The violence is over in »

- Alex McLevy

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