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Anne Hathaway to Star in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)

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Anne Hathaway to Star in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)
Anne Hathaway has closed a deal to star as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis and Warner Bros.’ “The Witches” adaptation.

Variety first reported that Hathaway was holding the offer for both that and “Sesame Street,” and at the time, scheduling for both films were holding up dealmaking. With those issues settled, Hathaway is now set to star in the role originally portrayed by Anjelica Huston in the 1990 classic.

Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a 7-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Huston playing one of the title characters, but sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston pic was a loose adaptation.

Zemeckis will also pen the script as well as produce with his partner Jack Rapke through their banner ImageMovers, along
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‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgard and ‘Sharp Objects’ Actress Eliza Scanlen Join Netflix’s ‘The Devil All The Time’ (Exclusive)

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‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgard and ‘Sharp Objects’ Actress Eliza Scanlen Join Netflix’s ‘The Devil All The Time’ (Exclusive)
It” star Bill Skarsgard and “Sharp Objects” breakout Eliza Scanlen will star in Antonio Campos’ adaptation of “The Devil All the Time,” which Netflix has officially acquired for distribution.

Skarsgard and Scanlen join an all-star cast that includes Tom Holland, Chris Evans, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson and Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert, who attached themselves prior to the start of the Toronto Film Festival.

Campos is directing and co-wrote with Paulo Campos. Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker are producing through their Nine Stories banner along with Randall Poster and Max Born. Annie Marter and Jacob Jaffke are exec producing.

The story is based on Donald Ray Pollock’s novel and is set in a place called Knockemstiff, Ohio, a forgotten backwoods where a storm of faith, violence and redemption brews. Out of desperation to save his dying wife, Willard Russell turns to prayer which succumbs to sacrifice. This sets our protagonist Arvin,
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Jason Reitman to Direct Secret ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie

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Jason Reitman to Direct Secret ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie
Sony Pictures is getting the wheels in motion for the next installment in the “Ghostbusters” franchise, and it knows who it’s going to call to direct: Jason Reitman.

Sources tell Variety that Reitman, whose father, Ivan, directed the first two “Ghostbusters” movies, will direct the latest pic in the famous franchise.

Reitman has also co-written a screenplay with Gil Kenan and plans to shoot the film this summer, with Sony planning to release the latest sequel in summer 2020. Insiders say this film will be a continuation of the 1984 sequel and will not be connected to the 2016 film. Sources couldn’t say if that means that the original cast members will be back, as exact story details are still being kept under wraps.

Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures is producing and insiders close to Ivan say he believes this film is a passing of the torch.

Sony and Jason Reitman
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Rashida Jones and Bill Murray to Star in Sofia Coppola’s ‘On the Rocks’ for Apple and A24

Rashida Jones and Bill Murray to Star in Sofia Coppola’s ‘On the Rocks’ for Apple and A24
Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray are set to reunite for the first time since Murray’s Oscar-nominated turn in her 2003 film “Lost in Translation.”

The two will work together again in “On the Rocks,” which Coppola is writing and directing with Murray to star opposite Rashida Jones, according to an individual with knowledge of the project.

“On the Rocks” will also be the first film under the recently formed partnership between A24 and Apple.

Produced by Coppola and Youree Henley, “On the Rocks” follows a young mother (Jones) who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father (Murray) on an adventure through New York City. Production begins this spring on location in New York.

Also Read: Bill Murray Isn't Sure What Harvey Weinstein Is Accused of, Apparently

Back in November 2018, Apple and A24 entered into a multi-year agreement in which the studio will produce a slate of several films for the tech giant,
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SXSW to Premiere Harmony Korine’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Seth Rogen Comedy, Kathy Griffin Concert Film

SXSW to Premiere Harmony Korine’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Seth Rogen Comedy, Kathy Griffin Concert Film
The 26th edition of the SXSW Film Festival will feature movies directed by Harmony Korine and Olivia Colman, an untitled romantic comedy starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron and a concert film with comedian Kathy Griffin.

The annual gathering in Austin, Texas, which starts on March 8, will open with Jordan Peele’s “Us,” which was previously announced. The thriller stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss.

There will be 102 features and TV episodes featured over nine days.
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Danny Glover Joins ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Sequel

Danny Glover Joins ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Sequel
Danny Glover has joined the cast of Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” sequel.

His role is being kept under wraps, as is the storyline. Glover will star opposite Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, all of whom are set to return.

Awkwafina is in final negotiations for a significant part in the film and Danny DeVito has also joined the cast.

Jake Kasdan returns to direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Kasdan is also producing with Matt Tolmach and Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions.

The untitled movie will open on Dec. 13, a week before Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: Episode IX” launches.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” earned $404 million domestically and $557 million internationally. After coming in second during its opening weekend to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Jumanji” accomplished the unusual feat of climbing to No. 1 in its fifth weekend,
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Robert Smith, Longtime Executive at New York’s DuArt Film Labs, Dies at 88

Robert Smith, a longtime executive with New York’s DuArt Film Labs, died Jan. 11 in Montvale, N.J. He was 88.

Smith spent some 62 years with DuArt, the film processing and post-production facility founded in 1922 in the penthouse of an automobile garage in Midtown. Smith rose to president of DuArt before retiring in 2015.

Smith was named head of operations at DuArt in the mid-1950s, a time when the company was developing innovative approaches to processing color film and for handling quick-turnaround jobs to meet the growing demands of television news.

Born in Albany, N.Y., Smith served in the Air Force after high school. In addition to his work at DuArt, Smith was a longtime member of the town council of Montvale and also served as its fire commissioner.

Smith is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Edna, as well as a brother, a daughter and a grandson.
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‘Captain Marvel’ Character Posters Feature Captain Marvel’s Cat! (And Some Other People)

‘Captain Marvel’ Character Posters Feature Captain Marvel’s Cat! (And Some Other People)
Every single dang character in Captain Marvel now has their own fancy character poster – including Captain Marvel’s cat, Goose. This is the first pet character poster in Marvel Cinematic Universe history, thus making this a momentous day for cinema. Also on display: young Nick Fury, young Agent Coulson, badly photoshopped Jude Law, and of course, […]

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Netflix Buys ‘The Devil All The Time’ Starring Chris Evans, Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland & More

Way back in September 2018, we reported that a new film from director Antonio Campos, best known for his film “Christine,” was going to be shopped around with an absolutely stellar cast attached. Well, as you might have guessed, Netflix once again opened up its rather large bank account and has purchased the distribution rights to the film.

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Now Scream This: ’90s Horror Gems, the Greatest Horror Comedy Ever, and the Best ‘Resident Evil’ Movie

(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.) Matt: This week on “Now Scream This,” our theme is “Matt’s Really Tired And Needs Something Easy.” Jetlag is for real, and 2019 is already […]

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First ‘Level 16’ Trailer Traps Teenagers in a Stepford-Style Nightmare

Cleanliness is next to godliness, or so the old adage goes, but in the new dystopian thriller Level 16 cleanliness is next to something much more sinister. Set in a mysterious school where teenage girls are trained to be the stereotypical ideal of a proper young lady -- "clean girls" above all -- by the Stepford-meets-Femme-Dom headmistress Miss Brixil (Sara Canning), Level 16 unfolds a tense dystopian tale of terror spun from a society built around upholding "feminine virtues". When friends Vivienne (Katie Douglas) and Sophia (Celina Martin) age up to the final stage of the school, the mysterious …
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Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey & More Highlight The First SXSW Announcement

This year’s SXSW looks to be absolutely jam-packed with some of the biggest names in film. We already knew that Jordan Peele was using the festival to premiere his highly-anticipated follow-up to “Get Out,” titled “Us.” But we had no idea that the rest of the preliminary line-up that was just announced would be so stacked.

Read More: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Selected As Opening Night Film Of 2019 SXSW Film Festival

New films from actors Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, Olivia Wilde, and Matthew McConaughey are just the tip of the iceberg.

Continue reading Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey & More Highlight The First SXSW Announcement at The Playlist.
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‘Black Panther': Here’s How the Ending Changed in Reshoots

The final words of Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger in Black Panther was one of the best movie moments of 2018. You remember. The fatally wounded soldier, looking out over glorious Wakanda next to his nemesis T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), saying probably the realest shit you'll ever hear in a Marvel movie: “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from ships because they knew death was better than bondage.” But apparently that scene—and, more specifically, that iconic line—was completely different in the film's original cut. Speaking to Cinemablend, Black Panther editor Michael …
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The Collider.com Podcast: Episode 181 – Oscar Predictions Before the Nominations

This week on The Collider.com Podcast, we're looking ahead at this year's Oscar nominations. The nominations will be announced on Tuesday morning, so we're giving our predictions for Best Visual Effects, Best Score, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture. We then finish up with Recently Watched. Listen to the latest episode of The Collider.com Podcast below; click here for the previous episode ("2019 Movie Preview"); and click on the respective links to find us on iTunes and Spotify. …
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Christina Ricci, Hollywood Contrarian, Doesn’t Care What You Think Of Her

Christina Ricci, Hollywood Contrarian, Doesn’t Care What You Think Of Her
Christina Ricci knows people judge her. She grew up in the public eye as the Goth girl, the alternative chick, the youthful indie darling. For her, those tacit critiques just provide the excuse to execute another hard turn.

“I’m a natural contrarian. So anytime someone tries to tell me what I am, I immediately change and I’m something else,” she said. “I can’t help it; I’m a total asshole in that respect. I never give people that. Sometimes it’s terrible and I should really just allow people to view me the way they want to, but I have a real desire and drive to define myself and to not be defined by others.”

As a child star, she was best known for her role as the malevolent Wednesday Addams in “The Addams Family.” In her teen years, she demonstrated a fondness for outrageous comments about
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‘The Witches’ Remake Finds its Grand High Witch in Anne Hathaway

‘The Witches’ Remake Finds its Grand High Witch in Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway is joining The Witches remake cast as the Grand High Witch herself. Robert Zemeckis is helming the new take on the Roald Dahl children’s book, which was previously adapted into a disgusting (in a good way) movie from director Nicolas Roeg. Zemeckis’ film will allegedly take the story from the UK and set it in the […]

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SXSW 2019 Film: 10 Promising Selections, From Robert Rodriguez to Beto O’Rourke

SXSW 2019 Film: 10 Promising Selections, From Robert Rodriguez to Beto O’Rourke
The first half of January is always busy in the film community, as Oscar voting comes to a close and the Sundance Film Festival starts its engine. This year, the SXSW Film Festival threw its cowboy hat into the ring, pushing up the initial announcement of its film lineup instead of waiting until after Sundance. The result is an even more complex window into major festival premieres and potential discoveries that will distinguish the first quarter of 2019.

The move is partly the result of Sundance ending later than usual; while the festival normally goes until the end of January, this year, it ends February 3. The constrained timeline also impacted SXSW’s earlier submission deadline, and meant that its programming team had to scramble to lock in this year’s selection. “We were tighter about no exceptions to the deadline,” said SXSW Director of Film Janet Pierson in an interview. “We had to be decisive sooner.
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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Final Season Trailer: Kimmy Wants to Change the World

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Final Season Trailer: Kimmy Wants to Change the World
Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) is alive, dammit but she’s only got six more episodes to show it. The final six episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are set to drop on Netflix at the end of this month, and the streaming service has released a final trailer to get us hyped about the adventures of our favorite Mole […]

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SXSW 2019 Lineup to Include ‘The Beach Bum’, ‘Good Boys’, and More

It was previously reported that Jordan Peele’s Us would make its world premiere at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, and now it looks like it will have some high-profile company. SXSW just sent out their 2019 lineup and it’s got some impressive titles including The Beach Bum, which is the new movie from Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine; the R-rated Jacob Tremblay comedy Good Boys; and Jonathan Levine’s Seth Rogen/Charlize Theron comedy that was previously titled Flarsky. There’s also a wealth of interesting-looking films that fall outside the “Headliners” banner, and I’…
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Macaulay Culkin Reflects on Michael Jackson Friendship, While Sundance Stands by Controversial Mj Doc

Macaulay Culkin Reflects on Michael Jackson Friendship, While Sundance Stands by Controversial Mj Doc
Macaulay Culkin opened up during an appearance on the latest episode of the “Inside Of You” podcast about his friendship with Michael Jackson. When asked by podcast host Michael Rosenbaum (“Smallville”) about the topic, Culkin said he felt a little “ambushed” and that reflecting on his relationship with Jackson was difficult to talk about in an interview context.

“He reached out to me because a lot of things were happening big and fast with me, and I think he identified with that,” Culkin said about Jackson. “I mean at the end of the day, it’s almost easy to say it was weird or whatever, but it wasn’t because it made sense. Here’s the thing at the end of the day: We were friends. It’s one of my friendships that people question only because of the fact that he was the most famous person in the world.
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