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Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   BIG NEWS DC tapped new directors for Flashpoint: Warner Bros. is moving forward on its Justice League spin-off focused on The Flash (Ezra Miller) and has just hired Vacation directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to helm the DC superhero feature, which is called Flashpoint. Read more here and find additional DC Expanded Universe news here and here and here.   GREAT NEWS Leonardo DiCaprio will reunite with Quentin Tarantino: After playing a villainous supporting role in Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio will re-team with Quentin Tarantino playing an aging actor in the filmmaker's next project, set in 1969 amidst the Manson...
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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Festival Guide of the Day: For IMDb, filmmaker Kevin Smith explains the five essential ingredients of a Sundance movie:   Craftsman of the Day: Meet costume designer Mark Bridges and see his work on Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread:   Mashup of the Day: Is Rocket Raccoon the galactic MacGyver of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Darth Blender mashes Guardians of the Galaxy with a classic TV show:   Movie Comparison of the Day: Watch clips from The Walk side by side from actual footage of the same real-life events in the documentary Man on Wire:   Vintage Image of the Day: Tippi Hedren, who turns 88 today...
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Even though audiences didn't turn up for last year's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Disney is moving forward with its own take on the Medieval icon. In fact, it's a take they've done before, as the studio's project in development is a live-action remake of their 1963 animated feature The Sword in the Stone. Find out the latest, including news of who is directing the fantasy film, below.  Who is directing the movie? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has tapped Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, best known for helming the zombie movie sequel 28 Weeks Later and the 2011 horror fantasy Intruders. His hire is being seen as a hint of the studio's interest in a darker take on the story of young Arthur.  But isn't the...
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Ever since Justice League first hit theaters back in mid-November 2017, certain DC movie fans — particularly those who have a very, very strong allegiance to Zack Snyder — have tried to petition Warner Bros. Pictures to release a version of the DC Comics-based team-up film that more closely resembles the original vision that its first director had for it.   This has manifested in the form of a plethora of online petitions and even organized meet-ups at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California in an attempt, organized and not-so-organized, to try and compel WB to release what's been colloquially referred to as the "Snyder Cut" of the latest DC Extended Universe film.   So, this brings up an interesting set of questions: first...
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Into the Ashes: Frank Grillo (Captain America: Civil War; The Purge: Election Year, above) will star in Into the Ashes. Luke Grimes (American Sniper) and Robert Taylor (TV's Longmire) have also joined the cast of the crime thriller; Aaron Harvey wrote the script and will direct. Grimes will play an ex-con who is still adjusting to life outside prison when his past comes back to haunt him; Grillo's role sounds menacing, as he will portray someone "who threatens to pull [the lead character's] world apart." [Deadline]   Shazam!: Veteran actor Ron Cephas Jones (above), known for TV's This Is Us, is in talks to join the cast of Shazam! If things work out, he would play a character known as the Wizard; in the DC comic books, the Wizard grants power...
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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   VFX Showcase of the Day: Blade Runner 2049 has some of the best digital effects of last year, but as you can see in the gallery below the sequel also had some great practical models: Blade Runner 2049 City Miniatures   Movie Influences of the Day: Watch clips from movies that influenced Phantom Thread, including Rebecca and The Passionate Friends, side by side with similar scenes in Paul Thomas Anderson's latest (via Free Cinema Now):   Movie Comparison of the Day: Now watch clips from the Edward Snowden documentary CitizenFour and the Edward Snowden biopic Snowden side by side:   Movie Science of the...
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The beginning of a New Year means a whole new slate of movies to devour for the next twelve months, but it also means that the 2018 Sundance Film Festival is upon us. The films that premiere at Sundance are notable because a great many of them will design the indie film landscape for the year ahead, and some may even find their way into the awards conversation. A few of the awards-friendly movies that premiered at Sundance last year include The Big Sick, Mudbound, Call Me By Your Name and Get Out, the latter of which was a surprise midnight screening. So as we get set to pack our boots and head to the mountains of Park City, Utah to watch a whole fresh batch of independent films, we’ve combed the program to let you know a few of the titles we’re most excited about...
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Blumhouse teases Friday the 13th reboot – Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Pictures has been responsible for many of the most noteworthy mainstream horror releases of the past few years – and their next big project is the highly anticipated reboot of John Carpenter’s slasher classic, Halloween. However, that’s not the only big name franchise Blum and his team have their eye on – if they had their way, they’d love to tackle the other sultan of slash, Jason Voorhees, too. Blum tells MovieWeb about it in a recent interview: "You know, I really wanted to do Friday the 13th. I would love to do that movie. Maybe someday we’ll get do to that one." This is probably music to most fans’ ears – as Jason has languished in...
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Holiday Comedy: Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer, who were both nominated for Academy Awards for their sterling supporting performances in The Help (above; Spencer won), will reteam in a new holiday comedy. Peter Chiarelli (The Proposal) will write the screenplay, based on a treatment by Chastain and Kelly Carmichael; the story follows two women who are "fighting the elements to make it home for Christmas." [Variety]   Bad Boys: The next installment in the Bad Boys film franchise has been in development for years, but in the meantime, a small-screen spin-off is moving forward. NBC has ordered a pilot episode for a series that will revolve around DEA Agent Syd Burnett, who first appeared in Bad Boys II (above). Gabrielle Union will reprise the role...
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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Video Essay of the Day: Like Stories of Old looks at the archetype of the warrior in movies and how they're used to empower us all:   Mashup of the Day: After watching this reworking of a Bruce Lee fight scene you'll be wishing Star Wars had lightsaber nunchucks (via Geekologie):   Cosplay of the Day: Speaking of Star Wars, we're still waiting for that Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer, so let's ease our patience with this adorable Han Solo and Chewbacca cosplay: "Han Solo and Chewbacca cosplay" pic.twitter.com/HT0V9TPaFK — Fluff Society (@FluffSociety) January 16, 2018   VFX Breakdowns of the...
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