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Russo Brothers Say Animated ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Might Spinoff Into Live Action Series – Comic-Con

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Russo Brothers Say Animated ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Might Spinoff Into Live Action Series – Comic-Con
During their panel at Comic-Con, Anthony Russo and Joe Russo talked about a lot including Avengers: Endgame, but a considerable amount of panel was dedicated to their company AGBO and their slate of projects — including their upcoming adaptation of Magic: The Gathering at Netflix.

The Russo Brothers said they grew up playing Magic and the adaptation was inevitable for them. The project may be animated, but Joe Russo teased that the series may grow into something else.

“It’s an animated project with the potential to spin it off into live-action,” said Joe Russo. “It’s a game we love — we’re geeks and love Magic:The Gathering and we’re excited to tell stories with it.”

In addition to Magic, the Russo Brothers talked about a mix of projects that are outside of the comic book world. In fact, they admitted that they were hunting down things that they loved
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Universal Wins Film Comedy Pitch By ‘Booksmart’s Olivia Wilde & Katie Silberman In Hot Auction

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Universal Wins Film Comedy Pitch By ‘Booksmart’s Olivia Wilde & Katie Silberman In Hot Auction
Exclusive: After a heated bidding battle that drew bids from six studios, Universal Pictures has prevailed to acquire an untitled holiday comedy pitch based on an original idea by Olivia Wilde and Katie Silberman, the team behind the critically lauded Booksmart.

Wilde is attached to direct, and Silberman, who co-wrote Booksmart, will write the script. The two of them will produce.

It is refreshing to see this level of studio enthusiasm generated after an inspiring directorial debut by the multi-hyphenate Wilde came out of SXSW to become one of the most critically acclaimed films of the young year. Booksmart has been included on most of the “best of the year so far” film lists. Backed by Annapurna and Gloria Sanchez and released by United Artists, it has grossed over $22 million so far.

Universal’s Svp of Production Sara Scott and Director of Development Lexi Barta will oversee development.

Wilde is
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New ‘Halloween’ Movies Set for 2020, 2021

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New ‘Halloween’ Movies Set for 2020, 2021
Universal Pictures has unveiled back-to-back “Halloween” sequel movies that will open in 2020 and 2021.

The studio made the announcement Friday, noting that last year’s “Halloween,” starring Jamie Lee Curtis and directed by David Gordon Green, went on to become the highest-grossing installment in the horror franchise at more than $250 million worldwide.

The first film will be titled “Halloween Kills” and open on Oct. 16, 2020. “Halloween Ends” will open a year later on Oct. 15, 2021.

Green will direct both films and Curtis will star.

Last year’s “Halloween” was the 11th installment in the franchise, five of which included Curtis, and a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s original 1978 movie. Nick Castle returns to portray the deranged Myers, who has escaped custody and heads for Haddonfield, Ill., for a final showdown with Strode on Halloween night.

The 2018 take, produced by Trancas International Films, Blumhouse, and Miramax, garnered some of the best reviews for a series entry yet.
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‘The Lion King’ Roars to $23 Million Opening on Thursday Night

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‘The Lion King’ Roars to $23 Million Opening on Thursday Night
Disney’s “The Lion King” has pounced on a mighty $23 million in North American locations in Thursday night preview showings.

It’s the biggest preview number since Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” set the record on April 27 with $60 million. “The Lion King” is expected to debut with $150 million this weekend. Some forecasts estimate the tentpole will pull in as much as $180 million as it launches in a record 4,725 domestic locations.

Disney noted that the $23 million preview number is well ahead of the $16.3 million of “Beauty and the Beast” and $18.5 million for “Incredibles 2.”

“The Lion King,” directed by Jon Favreau, is a photo-realistic remake of Disney’s classic 1994 animated hit. The story is centered on a young lion named Simba assuming his role as the king of the Pride Lands animal kingdom after his father, Mufasa, is murdered. Reviewers have been split over “The Lion King” with a 56% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
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Warner Bros. Haunted By Lawsuit from Producers of 1990 'It' Miniseries

Warner Bros. Haunted By Lawsuit from Producers of 1990 'It' Miniseries
Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky, executive producers of the first adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel, It, say they were wrongfully denied an opportunity to participate on Warner Bros' recent It movies.

In a lawsuit filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the two allege they had a contractual right to engage in a negotiation for any "sequel, series, remake, or spinoff," plus are entitled to a minimum share of 10 percent of net profits on any such subsequent production.

"This action arises out of the Warner's utter failure to honor its obligations," the complaint ...
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Roman Polanski Contacted Tarantino With Questions About ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Roman Polanski Contacted Tarantino With Questions About ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
Quentin Tarantino revealed at the Cannes Film Festival that he never reached out to Roman Polanski during the writing and production of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” in which the controversial “Rosemary’s Baby” director appears briefly as a character opposite Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate. Polanski and Tate were married at the time of her murder in August 1969. Tate was also pregnant with their first child.

In a new interview with Deadline, Tarantino expanded on why reaching out to Polanski ahead of time was not a priority.

“Look, when it comes to Roman Polanski we’re talking about a tragedy that would be unfathomable for most human beings,” Tarantino said. “I mean there’s Sharon, there’s his unborn son that literally lived without ever being born. That’s just a crazy sentence even to say. I felt that the story of her death, and the Manson tragedy had moved into legit history.
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Why millennial stories are saving Hollywood

After decades of older generations portraying the age group inaccurately, a new wave of auteurs are shaking up the film industry

Millennials: avocado-smushing, beard-grooming, selfie-snapping snowflakes, or beleaguered inheritors of a world pre-ruined by their elders? Defining a generation accurately often comes down to who’s doing the defining, especially when it comes to movies. Usually you have to reach a certain age before you get to make a film, and by the time you do, the generation before you have already said their bit. However, there comes a time when the power tilts, and for millennials, that time is now.

A new season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (Bam) in New York offers a snapshot of the millennial generation coming of age in the movies. Called We Can’t Even (how’s that for a generation-splitting title?), it offers a first draft of what the millennial movie canon might look like.
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Documentary Filmmaker Don Edkins on ‘Creating an African Voice’

Durban–For the 10th Durban FilmMart (Dfm), the industry program of the Durban Intl. Film Festival, a new strand was created to look at the unique challenges and opportunities facing documentary filmmakers in Africa.

The two-day program, Durban Does Docs, offers a series of conversations, seminars and workshops with an intensive focus on the aesthetics, funding, distribution and audience development of documentary films on the continent. Sessions include a roundtable with international documentary festival programmers, and a panel discussion with commissioning editors from a host of African and international broadcasters, including Arte and the BBC.

To open the program on Friday, Don Edkins, the veteran filmmaker and executive director of non-profit group Steps, addressed the importance of community in documentary filmmaking, as well as its potential to galvanize people across Africa.

“For me, in my work as a filmmaker and producer, the documentary genre has a particular role,” he said.
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‘Veronica Mars’ Season 4 Doesn’t Understand What It Means to be Strong – Spoilers

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Veronica Mars” Season 4.]

The fourth season of Hulu’s “Veronica Mars” dropped in its entirety one week early on July 19 to the surprise of fans – and journalists – everywhere. If you’ve already found the time to binge the season in its entirety, feel free to dig into this review of the full season, which wades deep into spoiler territory to dissect what did and didn’t work about the latest entry into the show’s annals. If you’re not caught up, check out our spoiler-free review.

You’ve been warned.

Season 4 of “Veronica Mars” is consistently entertaining, a welcome return to a fully realized universe that never got the exploration it deserved in its original, three-season run. There’s a full cast of characters that returns and for the most part nothing has changed. And that’s great! Except when it’s not.

So let’s talk about our good buddy Veronica
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‘The Boys’ Review: The Nihilistic, Cruel, Heartless Superhero Show We Probably Deserve

The Boys, Amazon’s new anti-superhero series, is so nihilistic and cruel that it’s either unbearable, or the perfect show for the current era we’re in. There’s a longstanding argument about whether or not entertainment loaded with unlikable characters can be enjoyed. It can – as long as the characters are well drawn, and there’s at least some specter […]

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‘The Boys’ Review: Amazon’s Razor-Sharp Superhero Satire Is ‘Watchmen’ for a New Age

Hard to deny that we live in an age dominated by the superhero. That classic Superman chestnut, "Look up in the sky!", feels as apropos as ever when you can't drive down a major road without Tony Stark's mustachioed mug or Clark Kent's Kryptonian biceps flexing down at you like judgemental gods. They rule the box office, they rule the pop culture conversation, they rule the graphic t-shirt real estate at every coffee shop. We're about one particularly effective after-credits scene away from fandom spilling over into actual worship—pull up any video from …
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Film Review: ‘A Faithful Man’

Film Review: ‘A Faithful Man’
French actor Louis Garrel has been married twice, first to Iranian talent Golshifteh Farahani, and now to model-cum-actress Laetitia Casta. He has also directed two features, the first a free-wheeling love-triangle comedy called “Two Friends” in which Garrel plays the cad who comes between his best friend and the object of his obsession (played by Farahani), and the other the relatively low-key drama “A Faithful Man,” centered on a different sort of triangle, in which two women (one played by Casta) compete for Garrel’s affections.

That description grossly oversimplifies both movies, and yet, their personalities could not be more different, hardly even the work of the same filmmaker, which must say something about Garrel’s state of mind in these two marriages. If “Two Lovers” was a lively New Wave lark, exploding with color and energy, then “A Faithful Man” is its sober, cerebral opposite, gray and stylistically restrained,
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We Watched Gorgeous and Gripping First Episode of ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’, and Our Jaws Are Still on the Floor [Comic-Con 2019]

Netflix isn’t immune to Hollywood’s obsession with digging back into the past for a dose of nostalgia in their entertainment line-up. This time they’re reaching into cult territory with a revival of The Dark Crystal, the fantasy adventure film from Jim Henson that fascinated audiences in 1982 and continues to be a retro favorite for […]

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Lgbtq Film Festival Outfest Opens With Documentary About Gay Porn Shops Circus of Books

Lgbtq Film Festival Outfest Opens With Documentary About Gay Porn Shops Circus of Books
Granted, the red carpet at the opening night of Outfest in Dtla may not have been the most star-studded but it was without a doubt the most diverse, inclusive and, yes, fabulous.

“I’ve never been here before,” admitted “RuPaul’s Drag Race” vet Trixie Mattel, who stars in the documentary “Moving Parts.” “It’s supposed to be the greatest film festival for Lgbtq+ content, but in my opinion, all the best films feature Lgbtq+ artists, directors, cameramen. I work on ‘Drag Race,’ where everybody behind the camera is a person of color or a queer person and it feels more like that tonight. It feels more like home.”

The opening night film was a documentary about the elderly suburban couple and their three kids who owned and operated the now shuttered Circus of Books, two gay porn shops in West Hollywood and Silverlake. “We’re both Jewish, so when we grew up,
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‘Cats’ Trailer: Genius Marketing or Hot Mess? — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

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‘Cats’ Trailer: Genius Marketing or Hot Mess? — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast
As the fall movie season approaches, some of the bigger releases around the corner start to reveal themselves in small doses. Sometimes, that means mysterious sneak peeks at movies loaded with intrigue, like James Gray’s sci-fi drama “Ad Astra.” And sometimes it means “Cats.”

The internet went wild this week in response to the first glimpse of the Broadway adaptation, directed by Tom Hooper and opening in December. But how much does this VFX-loaded trailer really tell us about what it’s going to be like to watch Helen Mirren, Idris Elba, and so many other major actors slink around the screen and belt out some tunes? This question kicks off the latest episode of Screen Talk, as Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson evaluate the first look in addition to the way the “Cats” trailer response reflects broader conversations about CGI storytelling in 2019, from “The Lion King” to “The Irishman.
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‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Screens First Episode at Sdcc After Five Years of Development

On Friday, Netflix aired the first episode from its highly-anticipated series “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” delighting fans crowded into San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H – and the streaming giant additionally released a sneak peek of a “making of” documentary special that will serve almost as an 11th episode of the series.

The documentary will allow audiences an opportunity to experience the intricate, handcrafted artwork that populates every frame of “Resistance,” director Louis Leterrier explained at a press conference before the panel.

“Resistance” has been in the works for over five years and is a prequel, not a reboot, of the original 1982 feature film “The Dark Crystal”. The timeline caused some questioning if fans would be distracted during the series by knowing where the story eventually ends up.

“We don’t really expect the audience to be thinking about that when they’re watching this,” executive producer – and daughter of Jim Henson,
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Amazon’s Hyper-Violent ‘The Boys’ is a Reflection of Our Times [Comic-Con 2019]

Amazon’s Hyper-Violent ‘The Boys’ is a Reflection of Our Times [Comic-Con 2019]
“If you’re here with your kids, you’re a terrible person…it’s a fucking grown-up show. If you’re easily offended—please pounce.” That’s how moderator Aisha Tyler opened San Diego Comic-Con’s The Boys panel, an Amazon Original series based on the comic books of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson in which superheroes live among us and are major assholes. […]

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‘Archer’ Renewed for Season 11 with Some Major Changes; Creator Adam Reed Returns

Fxx has renewed the Emmy Award-winning animated comedy series Archer for an 11th season, as announced today by Nick Grad and Gina Balian, Presidents, Original Programming, FX Entertainment. Season 11 will debut on Fxx in 2020. News of the Archer renewal was shared with fans at San Diego Comic-Con during a sneak peek screening and Q&a with its cast and producers in support of the series’ current 10th season, Archer: 1999. But there's more to the story than just a renewal for the phenomenal, long-running animated comedy series. Some spoilers ahead: As Executive Producer …
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Unsettling New ‘The Terror: Infamy’ Trailer Digs Up Some Old Spirits

AMC has released yet another trailer for The Terror: Infamy, the second chapter of AMC's historical-horror anthology series. While season 1 centered around the doomed members of a British Royal Navy ship stranded in the Arctic, Infamy focuses on a small Japanese-American community during World War II plagued by mysterious deaths and the malevolent force behind them. Max Borenstein (Godzilla) and Alexander Woo (Manhattan) have come aboard to pen the new story, with Woo serving as showrunner. It'll be interesting to see how this creative team juggles the real-life terrors with the horrors from beyond …
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‘Archer’ Renewed for Season 11, Reveals Season 10 Ending at Comic-Con — Spoilers

‘Archer’ Renewed for Season 11, Reveals Season 10 Ending at Comic-Con — Spoilers
“Archer” is returning for Season 11. Executive producer Matt Thompson made the announcement at the end of the series’ 2019 Comic-Con panel, following a screening of the eighth episode as well as the final minutes from Episode 9 — this year’s season finale.

“We’re going back to spying, and starting in Season 11,” Thompson told the crowd after the clip ended.

Season 11 will debut in 2020, per an FX release.

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for the “Archer” Season 10 finale.]

The final five minutes of the finale showed Archer fighting with his nemesis, Barry, in space. But as the two fought, Archer’s spaceship exploded, and a montage of highlights from the series’ first seven seasons began. At the end, Archer woke up — back in the hospital where the story left him at the end of Season 7.

It’s revealed that Archer is still alive, and his mother, Mallory (voiced by Jessica Walter), had been sitting by his hospital bed for the past three years.
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