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    Sony, Michael Bay & Erwin Stoff To Turn Mark Greaney Audio Novel ‘Armored’ Into Action Thriller Film

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    Sony, Michael Bay & Erwin Stoff To Turn Mark Greaney Audio Novel ‘Armored’ Into Action Thriller Film
    Exclusive: Sony Pictures has acquired Armored, a film adaptation of the new audio book written by Mark Greaney, who’s best known for writing the Gray Man bestsellers and who is also co-author of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels.

    Michael Bay is producing through his new deal at Sony Pictures along with Erwin Stoff of 3 Arts. They will set a writer quickly. The book will be released through Audible in late 2020 and published as a traditional novel at a later date.

    The novel focuses on a high-risk security contractor who suffers from old wounds– both physical and mental– and reluctantly takes a job working on a heavily armed convoy shuttling Un delegates through Mexico’s “cartel country.” High on the “Devil’s Spine” of the Sierra Madre, the mission turns into a desperate struggle for survival as corrupt police, rival gangs, and an enemy within all try to destroy
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    Secret Marvel Movie From Sony in the Works With Director S.J. Clarkson (Exclusive)

    • Variety
    Secret Marvel Movie From Sony in the Works With Director S.J. Clarkson (Exclusive)
    Though audiences will have to wait until 2021 for “Morbius” and “Venom 2” to hit the big screen, Sony Pictures is continuing to build up its slate of Marvel films. Veteran TV director S.J. Clarkson has signed on to develop the first female-centric movie from Sony’s catalog of Marvel characters, sources tell Variety.

    While it’s unconfirmed at the time who the character at the center will be, insiders say there is a strong possibility that the film will be based on the Madame Web comic-book character.

    Sony had no comment.

    At the moment, there isn’t a writer on board to pen the screenplay, nor a star attached to lead the movie. Sources say there is a possibility that the studio is looking for an A-list actor to join and then hire a writer to develop the film around them.

    In the comics, Madame Web is depicted as an
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    "Game Of Thrones" Alums Peter Dinklage & Jason Momoa Pair For Legendary’s Max Barbakow-Directed ‘Good Bad & Undead’

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    Exclusive: Legendary has closed a deal for Max Barbakow to direct Good Bad & Undead, with Peter Dinklage and Jason Momoa making deals to star and produce the action adventure. The film is based on an original idea by Mark Swift & Damian Shannon.

    Dinklage and Momoa starred on Game of Thrones, bookending as major male influences for Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen. Barbakow is coming off the Andy Samberg-Cristin Milioti film Palm Springs, which set the Sundance Film Festival acquisition record in a $22 million deal by Neon and Hulu in January.

    In Good Bad & Undead, Dinklage will play Van Helsing, last in a long line of vampire hunters. He develops an uneasy partnership with a vampire (Momoa) who has taken a vow never to kill again. Together they run a scam from town to town, where Van Helsing pretends to vanquish the vampire for money. But when a massive
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    ‘It Follows’ Filmmaker David Robert Mitchell to Direct Superhero Film ‘Heroes & Villains’ at MGM

    ‘It Follows’ Filmmaker David Robert Mitchell to Direct Superhero Film ‘Heroes & Villains’ at MGM
    MGM has acquired the rights to “Heroes & Villains,” a new take on the superhero genre from the director of “It Follows” and “Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell.

    Mitchell has written the screenplay and will direct the feature film, though additional plot details are being kept under wraps.

    Mitchell will also produce “Heroes & Villains” along with Good Fear Content’s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner. Casting on the film will begin shortly.

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    MGM’s film chair Michael De Luca previously produced “Under the Silver Lake” with Bender and Weiner, a neo-noir that starred Andrew Garfield and Riley Keough and premiered at Cannes in 2018 but was released by A24 in spring of 2019.

    Next up on MGM’s slate is “Candyman,” the horror remake directed by Nia DaCosta and produced and written by Jordan Peele, followed
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    Blumhouse Taps Issa López to Write, Direct ‘Our Lady of Tears’

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    Blumhouse Taps Issa López to Write, Direct ‘Our Lady of Tears’
    Blumhouse is developing “Our Lady of Tears,” a film based on a recent article about a mass hysteria epidemic that spread through an all-girls boarding school.

    Issa López (“Tigers Are Not Afraid”) is set to write and direct the film. The project is an adaptation of a story published by Epic Magazine and Vox and written by Daniel Hernandez. The outbreak, which may have had supernatural roots, took place at a strict Catholic school on the outskirts of Mexico City and afflicted a group of young women who came from impoverished families.

    Blumhouse is the producer of such horror hits as “Get Out,” “Us,” and “The Purge.” Epic’s journalism has inspired a number of big and small screen projects, including the Oscar-winning “Argo.”

    “The moment I read the Epic article, I knew I wanted to tell this story,” Lopez said in a statement. “I myself attended a Catholic school in Mexico City.
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    Samuel Goldwyn Lands ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ Drama Starring Mark Rylance, Robert Pattinson & Johnny Depp

    Samuel Goldwyn Lands ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ Drama Starring Mark Rylance, Robert Pattinson & Johnny Depp
    Exclusive: Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to the Ciro Guerra-directed feature, Waiting for the Barbarians, which stars Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Oscar nominee Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise), newly minted Batman Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse), Gana Bayarsaikhan (Ex Machina), and Greta Scacchi (The Girl in the Fog). Originally slated for a theatrical release, the pic will now be available on digital platforms this August.

    The drama is based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee, who also adapted the screenplay. It follows a Magistrate (Rylance) of an isolated frontier settlement on the border of an unnamed empire who looks forward to an easy retirement until the arrival of Colonel Joll (Depp), whose task it is to report on the activities of the ‘barbarians’ and on the security situation on the border. Joll conducts a series of ruthless interrogations, which
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    Film Academy Considering Postponing 2021 Oscars (Exclusive)

    Film Academy Considering Postponing 2021 Oscars (Exclusive)
    The 93rd Oscars aren’t until February, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering postponing the big night, according to multiple sources.

    The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, say definitive plans are far from being concrete at this juncture. The telecast is currently set for Feb. 28, 2021, on ABC.

    “It’s likely they’ll be postponed,” one of the sources familiar with the matter told Variety.

    However, that person cautioned that the details, including potential new dates, have not been fully discussed or formally proposed yet. Another source says the date is currently unchanged at ABC.
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    Tom Hanks WWII Movie ‘Greyhound’ Moves From Sony to Apple TV+

    Tom Hanks WWII Movie ‘Greyhound’ Moves From Sony to Apple TV+
    Greyhound,” the WWII drama and action film starring Tom Hanks, has been picked up by Apple TV+ from Sony Pictures, an individual with knowledge of the move told TheWrap.

    Greyhound” is directed by Aaron Schneider, and Sony originally planned to release the film theatrically on June 12 before pulling it from the release calendar altogether. The movie will now make its debut on the Apple TV+ streaming service, though no new release date has been set.

    Greyhound” is inspired by events during the Battle of the Atlantic, which took place in the earliest months of America’s alliance with England and the Free Forces.
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    ‘The Alienist: Angel of Darkness’ Trailer Pits Dakota Fanning Vs. Everybody

    ‘The Alienist: Angel of Darkness’ Trailer Pits Dakota Fanning Vs. Everybody
    What if The Knick was about detectives? That's the irresistible premise behind TNT's The Alienist, a chasing-serial-killers-when-the-idea-of-serial-killers-was-just-becoming-a-thing-to-worry-about drama set in handsomely rendered turn-of-the-century New York. The show, originally airing in 2018, became a surprise critical and ratings hit for the network. Now, two years later, we're finally getting a second season. We've got the trailer for The Alienist: Angel of Darkness below. Based on the Angel of Darkness novel by Caleb Carr, who also wrote the first …
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    Hollywood is Planning to Use Robots to Battle Coronavirus on Set

    With the state of the world as it is, killer robots are only to be expected. But this time, they’re good killer robots (probably)! Hollywood is planning to use “germ-zapping robots” against the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, with some producers looking into purchasing lab-certified disinfecting robots for film and TV sets as productions resume. The “germ-zapping […]

    The post Hollywood is Planning to Use Robots to Battle Coronavirus on Set appeared first on /Film.
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    “Some Archival Footage Just Doesn’t Work in Vertical”: Michael Jacobs on Quibi’s Donald Sterling Documentary Blackballed

    “Some Archival Footage Just Doesn’t Work in Vertical”: Michael Jacobs on Quibi’s Donald Sterling Documentary Blackballed
    Long regarded as the worst-run franchise in the National Basketball Association, the Los Angeles Clippers have (after brief stints in Buffalo and San Diego) called the “City of Angels” their home since the summer of 1984. Purchased for a cool $12.5 million in 1981 by real estate tycoon Donald Sterling, the Clippers’ relocation to La was seen as a move that would hopefully rival its “big brother” franchise led by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Los Angeles Lakers. That ultimately wasn’t meant to be: the Lakers, long a shining example of the league, continued its successful run atop the […]
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    Mexican government moves to scrap film fund (reports)

    Mexican government moves to scrap film fund (reports)
    Head of Mexican Film Academy calls on country’s president to intervene and save Fidecine.

    Days after Mexico’s national film agency Imcine engaged in a public dialogue over the future of film support, the government has reportedly proposed to scrap one of the country’s two public main funds.

    According to a report in La Jornada on Thursday (May 21), government officials proposed on Wednesday night to eliminate Fidecine, a fund that has existed for many years to support higher budget, more mainstream fare.

    The move comes amid sweeping cuts imposed by the administration of president Andrés Manuel López Obrador,
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    The 25 Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

    The 25 Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now
    Last Updated: May 21, 2020 The element that most viewers tend to gravitate toward when it comes to documentaries is the essence of real life that one gleans from the assemblages of historical footage, photographs, talking heads, pre-recorded audio, and sequences of physical excursion or simple quotidian tasks. There's an undeniable feeling of authenticity even when you're watching something clearly biased, such as a Michael Moore joint. Even in cases where the film's overall focus is narrowed to fit a pre-conceived narrative, there's an unmistakable feeling of intimacy, of being let into a filmmaker'…
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    Drive-Ins Are Having Their Moment, but Their Future Remains Dim

    Drive-Ins Are Having Their Moment, but Their Future Remains Dim
    Prior to the pandemic, most of us hadn’t thought much about drive-in theaters for years. We likely didn’t have much sense of how many people still went to them, or how many even still exist. Today, of course, their existence has been reconfirmed and their utility affirmed. For the last two months, in fact, they’ve been leading exhibition.

    Of the 300 drive-in theaters across America, more than 100 are open for business. And even now, as some brick-and-mortar theaters are sputtering to life, drive-ins outgross nearly all indoor locations. They’re doing their best business in years, with near-capacity shows throughout the week. They aren’t even showing new movies: most of what they’re projecting is either a revival title or also available on VOD.

    So it’s natural to wonder, as studios start releasing new movies like “Tenet” and “Mulan” — when many moviegoers are still afraid of
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    Universal Orlando, Legoland Florida Officially Re-Opening in June With Social Distancing Restrictions

    Universal Orlando and Legoland Florida are planning to re-open as soon as this June — but with social distancing restrictions put in place to ensure the safety of their guests. Universal Orlando plans to re-open the park to team members on June 1 and June 2 before opening to invited guests and annual passholders on […]

    The post Universal Orlando, Legoland Florida Officially Re-Opening in June With Social Distancing Restrictions appeared first on /Film.
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    ‘Kelly Clarkson Show,’ Joseph Gordon-Levitt and ‘Jeopardy!’ Earn 2020 Daytime Emmy Nominations

    ‘Kelly Clarkson Show,’ Joseph Gordon-Levitt and ‘Jeopardy!’ Earn 2020 Daytime Emmy Nominations
    The 47th Daytime Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning and, no surprise, the venerable soap “General Hospital” led all series with 23 nominations. “The View” topped all daytime talk shows with eight while newcomer “The Kelly Clarkson Show” earned seven in its first year. “Jeopardy!” earned the most nominations in the game show categories with six.

    Among networks, CBS took 57 nods while Amazon Prime Video was right behind with 55 (most for series you may have never heard of on their service).

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    2020 Fall Network TV Schedules: What’s Returning, What’s New, and What’s Canceled on ABC

    2020 Fall Network TV Schedules: What’s Returning, What’s New, and What’s Canceled on ABC
    The 2020 fall television season is going to look very interesting — and perhaps different, time will tell — considering the state of the world. But that’s no reason not to get excited as the big four networks strategize their release schedules to appeal to a housebound nation. We’re breaking down all the new fall content from ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC as they announce their lineups, letting you know what’s returning, what’s new, and what you shows are getting a final farewell.

    First up was CBS last week, and today Fox unveiled its fall slate. It definitely has a feel of programming in the Age of Coronavirus — there are just two new shows, and several have premiered on other networks in the Fox family before making their debut on Big Fox — as well as a Hail Mary that the NFL will continue apace. See all the details the
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    Hold Onto Your Butterbeer, Universal Orlando Plans to Reopen June 5th

    Hold Onto Your Butterbeer, Universal Orlando Plans to Reopen June 5th
    For much of the themed entertainment world, exact reopening dates remain shrouded in uncertainty. Earlier this week parts of Disney Springs, Walt Disney World’s expansive shopping and dining district, reopened with medical staff on hand and strict social distancing measures enforced. Around the same time, parts of Orlando’s version of Universal CityWalk (a similar retail/dining corridor) did the same, for those who wanted to say that they ordered a Cheeseburger in Paradise from Margaritaville during a global pandemic. But the reopening dates for the parks themselves have largely been a mystery. Until today. Universal Orlando Resorts has …
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    John Krasinski’s ‘Some Good News’ Leaving His Living Room For CBS All Access

    John Krasinski’s ‘Some Good News’ Leaving His Living Room For CBS All Access
    Some Good News, the delightful Diy web series created by John Krasinski during quarantine, has been bought by ViacomCBS in a massive licensing deal. Under the agreement, which is in "advanced negotiations" according to Variety, Comedy Central Productions will produce a weekly version of the show for CBS All Access, in addition to supplemental short-form content across ViacomCBS outlets like CBS News. All personal thoughts on this matter are extremely cynical and I will keep them to myself out of respect for John Krasinski's quarantine beard, which has provided nothing but joy in these trying times. “Could not …
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    ‘Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl’ Review: Singer’s Messy Comeback Anthem Hits Back with Heart

    ‘Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl’ Review: Singer’s Messy Comeback Anthem Hits Back with Heart
    The hits have already been hard enough by the time Amy Goldstein’s documentary “Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl” gets to its biggest gut punch. Set mostly between the years of 2014 and 2018 — the “lost years” of Nash’s pop career, basically — the film follows the multi-talented singer and performer as she attempts to not only resuscitate her career, but to keep it viable and independent in an industry that has never had much interest in that sort of thing.

    An instant star at the age of 18, Nash went from literal obscurity to traveling the world as an in-demand artist in the span of mere months. A desire to grow creatively led to her label dropping her, and Goldstein’s film opens with Nash fighting hard to come back on her own terms. It’s a tough story, but an old one, and audiences will have to wait for half the
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