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The big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's It has been steadily building anticipation for more than a year. That might be a surprise to some; after all, It revolves around a young cast of unknowns and the best-known actor, rising star Bill Skarsgard (above), is covered up in a clown costume and makeup. Yet the premise remains tantalizing and terrifying, even more than 30 years after Stephen King's novel was first published. It follows a likable group of children who are pitted against a horrible, shape-changing monster who preys on children. Clearly, that's struck a responsive chord because Variety reports the movie "is on pace to open to more than $50 million." To put that into perspective, the biggest past theatrical opening in September came in 2015...
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A Bittersweet Life: Michael B. Jordan (Creed, above) will star in A Bittersweet Life. It's a remake of a Korean action thriller about a gangster whose loyalties are tested when he is ordered to kill a woman he's fallen for. Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2; Kung Fu Panda 3) will direct. [Deadline]   Sunset Boulevard: Glenn Close is in "advanced talks" to star in a big-screen musical version of Sunset Boulevard. Close originated the role on stage in 1994 and recently starred again in a revival of the musical (above). It's inspired by Billy Wilder's 1950 classic drama about a faded silent film star who develops a strange relationship with a young screenwriter. [The Wrap]   Mary, Queen of Scots: Our first look at Saoirse Ronan in...
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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Franchise Recap of the Day: With Marvel's The Defenders debuting tomorrow, ScreenCrush recaps the Netflix MCU series so far:   Poster Parody of the Day: For the 28th anniversary of Uncle Buck, Josh Brolin shared a mashup poster featuring his role (and other characters) from Avengers: Infinity War (via THR):   #Repost @mutant101 ··· "Oh No!" ?? To mark the release of the classic #UncleBuck 28yrs ago today, here's a new #lowbudgetposter not-starring #avengersinfinitywar's @joshbrolin , @zoesaldana & @tomholland2013 ?? BTW Big thanks to @seal for the music. (Of course this isn't real...
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Only one director of a Star Wars movie has been an Oscar nominee. That was George Lucas, who earned his first two Academy Award nominations for writing and directing American Grafitti (he received two more for writing and directing the first Star Wars). Now comes another possibility: according to The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Daldry is in early talks to helm a solo spin-off prequel focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Daldry was nominated in the Best Director category three times in a row, first for his feature debut, Billy Elliot, then for The Hours and The Reader. The latter two were also nominated for Best Picture, as was his fourth movie, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. And his average critical score on Rotten Tomatoes is...
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Tom Cruise has always been extremely dedicated to the craft of acting. For example, he spent months learning how to be a bartender with flair for Cocktail and spent months learning to shoot pool like an expert hustler for The Color of Money. He was already a bankable and Academy Award-nominated actor when he took on the role of Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible (1996), which became a franchise and catapulted him into the top reaches of worldwide stardom. The series has also established him as a star who performs (most) of his own stunts, which is an essential element in a number of stunning action sequences. Earlier this year, shortly before the sixth Mission: Impossible installment began filming, we heard that Cruise had spent a year training for a particular action...
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Bloodlines: Channing Tatum (Logan Lucky, above) will star in a big-screen adaptation of Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty. Melissa Del Bosque's book, which will be published on September 12, tells the true story of a rookie FBI agent in Laredo, Texas who becomes involved in the infiltration of a notorious Mexican drug cartel. Universal Pictures optioned the screen rights; Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) will write the screenplay. [Deadline]   Avengers 4: Jeremy Renner recently got a new haircut (see below) that may be significant. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, his character Hawkeye has a wife and children who are safely hidden away, a plot point that was evidently inspired by events in the Marvel...
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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Effects Showcase of the Day: Tested pays a visit to Phil Tippett's studio and showcase some of the unused holochess pieces made for Star Wars:   Movie Comparison of the Day: Many have likened Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to The Empire Strikes Back, but Couch Tomato shows 24 reasons why it's most like Return of the Jedi:   Movie Influences of the Day: See the movies that influenced Raiders of the Lost Ark side by side with Steven Spielberg's homage-heavy adventure movie:   Cosplay of the Day: Learn how to make a cheap and easy Captain Jack Sparrow getup from Pirates of the Caribbean from the DIY...
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Ron Howard has shared another image from the set of the solo Han Solo movie. And this one might be the closest we'll get to a confirmation that Darth Vader is involved in the spin-off prequel. Rumors have been circulating lately that the Star Wars villain will make an appearance, but the reason for speculation -- that actor Spencer Wilding, who portrayed the Sith Lord in Rogue One, was joining the movie -- has been shot down. Of course, this wouldn't be the first time a correct guess was denied in order to protect movie secrets and spoilers. What we do know from the image, captioned "The Empire Looms Large," is that the Empire will be represented in some capacity. So little is known about the plot of the still-untitled movie that we...
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For the last four years, Daniel Craig has been, to use his own word, "coy" about whether he'd return for another James Bond movie. Rumors have gone every which way but confirmed, even with recent announcements of a release date and potential directors for the next 007 adventure. Well, last night the actor finally said "yes," he is still on board as the most famous spy character of all time.  He made the confirmation on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, admitting that he's been discussing the possibility for the last couple months but wanted to save the news for the CBS talk show. "We've just been trying to figure things out," he said. "I always wanted to. I needed a break." He also explained his infamous quote about...
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New In Horror John Saxon's A Nightmare on Elm Street prequel treatment turns up on eBay – Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about Freddy Krueger, life throws you a curveball in the form of a treatment for an Elm Street prequel – one written by star John Saxon way back in 1987. Saxon (above in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), famous for playing Nancy’s father Donald Thompson in the first and third entries in the series, apparently took a shot at crafting an origin story for the bastard son of a hundred maniacs – one that finds a young Krueger in human form and attempts to explain his madness. It’s hard to get much of a feel for the story, as the treatment turned up on eBay with only select...
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