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    Graham Fletcher-Cook, Actor and Brother of 'Rocketman' Director Dexter Fletcher, Dies at 55

    Graham Fletcher-Cook, Actor and Brother of 'Rocketman' Director Dexter Fletcher, Dies at 55
    Graham Fletcher-Cook, a British actor and older brother of Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher who appeared in such acclaimed films as Sid and Nancy, The French Lieutenant's Woman and Cry Freedom, has died. He was 55.

    A spokesperson for the family told The Hollywood Reporter that Fletcher-Cook died recently following a battle with cancer.

    Fletcher-Cook played a maitre d' in the Elton John biopic Rocketman, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and opened in theaters May 31, and had small roles in two other films helmed by his brother: Wild Bill (2011) and Eddie the Eagle (2015).

    A filmmaker in his ...
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    'Spider-Man: Far from Home' Hopes to Set Off Some Box Office Fireworks

    'Spider-Man: Far from Home' Hopes to Set Off Some Box Office Fireworks
    Last weekend was the third consecutive weekend in a row that saw the weekend box office perform below the same weekend in 2018 as the yearly box office is still around -9.5% behind last year's totals. This week the weekend begins much earlier with the Tuesday release of Spider-Man: Far from Home and the Wednesday release of Midsommar as Sony and A24 attempt to get out ahead of the July 4 holiday, which can see grosses dwindle a little bit due to Fourth of July festivities and pre-holiday travel. Looking to top the weekend box office is Sony's release of Spider-Man: Far from Home, which is being sold as the final chapter in Marvel's "Phase Three" and the beginning of "Life After Avengers". The pic is jumping into over 4,600 theaters this Tuesday, which is far from a typical start at this time of year. There are few-to-no previous releases of this
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    ‘It’ Filmmaker Andy Muschietti Eyed to Direct ‘The Flash’

    ‘It’ Filmmaker Andy Muschietti Eyed to Direct ‘The Flash’
    Warner Bros. is in talks with “It” director Andy Muschietti to helm its long-gestating “The Flash” standalone movie, a source close to the project has told Variety.

    No offer has been made yet, but if the deal goes through Muschietti will also produce the movie with his partner and sister Barbara Muschietti and Michael Disco.

    Muschietti would replace “Spider-Man: Homecoming” writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who were signed last year to direct the film after replacing “Dope” helmer Rick Famuyiwa, who left the film in 2016. Seth Grahame-Smith was also attached to direct at one point.

    Ezra Miller remains attached to play Barry Allen, also known as The Flash in the DC Extended Universe movie. Miller has portrayed The Flash in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Suicide Squad” and “Justice League.” The Flash character originated during the 1950s when police scientist Barry Allen gained super-speed when bathed by
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    ‘Midsommar’ Director Ari Aster on How a Bad Breakup Inspired His Horror Movie

    ‘Midsommar’ Director Ari Aster on How a Bad Breakup Inspired His Horror Movie
    Indie films are having a tough time at this summer’s box office, but A24 hopes that Ari Aster’s folk horror movie “Midsommar” changes that. Last summer, Aster’s feature debut “Hereditary,” starring Toni Collette and Ann Dowd, raked in over $44 million domestically for the boutique distributor on a $10 million budget. On July 3, Aster is back with his frightening sophomore outing.

    “Midsommar” stars Florence Pugh as a grief-stricken heroine named Dani, who is grappling with a flailing relationship with her boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor). Will Poulter (“We’re the Millers”) and William Jackson Harper (“The Good Place”) round out the cast as friends who travel with the couple to the fictional Swedish town of H?rga. Aster described the genre as “folk horror,” hearkening back to films like “The Wicker Man” and more recently “The Witch” that deal with storylines and influences of pagan traditions.

    Aster, who both wrote and directed “Midsommar,
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    Harry Styles, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller in the Running to Play Elvis in Baz Luhrmann's Biopic

    Harry Styles, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller in the Running to Play Elvis in Baz Luhrmann's Biopic
    Five young actors have tested for the part of the King of Rock and Roll in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis Presley biopic.

    Ansel Elgort, the Baby Driver star who is about to start shooting Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story; Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who appeared in Kick-Ass and Avengers: Age of Ultron; and Miles Teller, the Whiplash actor who will be in the Top Gun sequel, tested for the filmmaker last week.

    Also taking part in the testing for the Warner Bros. project were British singer-songwriter turned actor Harry Styles and Austin Butler, who appeared on TV’s The Shannara Chronicles and has a role ...
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    Rob Zombie & Fathom team for special 3 From Hell theatrical event

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    Rob Zombie & Fathom team for special 3 From Hell theatrical event
    When Rob Zombie unleashes 3 From Hell, the much anticipated follow-up to House Of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, the shock-rocker and horror filmmaker will team with Fathom Events for a special three-day rollout of his new film featuring the return of the Firefly family. All the blood-letting and screaming is set to take place September 16-18 in nearly 900 theaters across the…
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    Toy Story 2 casting couch 'blooper' deleted by Disney after #MeToo movement

    Now removed scene features Stinky Pete engaging in sexual misconduct with Barbie dolls

    A fake blooper scene from Toy Story 2 featuring a “casting couch” scenario has been quietly deleted by Disney from the latest home releases of the animated film.

    A running gag in Pixar’s films are the faux outtakes that play alongside the closing credits, depicting the animated characters making mistakes, pulling pranks on each other, fudging their lines or speaking directly to camera as if they were real actors. The outtakes regularly make fun of Hollywood and the film industry more broadly.
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    Film News Roundup: Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Paths of Glory’ Gets Restored

    In today’s film news roundup, Andre Caraco and Paul Noble receive promotions at Sony, Stanley Kubrick’s anti-war drama “Paths of Glory” gets restored, Drafthouse Films gets launched and “The Chainsaw Artist” wraps.

    Exec Promotions

    Sony Pictures has promoted veteran executives Andre Caraco and Paul Noble to the posts of co-presidents of global marketing.

    Sony Pictures President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution Josh Greenstein made the announcement Tuesday.

    “As you all know, taking a more global approach to our marketing efforts has been a top priority for some time now, and we wanted Andre and Paul’s titles to more accurately reflect the increasingly collaborative and global scope of their work and oversight,” he said in a staff memo. “Andre and Paul will now partner on all marketing efforts to ensure our campaigns are aligned with our global moviegoing audience.”

    Curaco led the studio’s national publicity team from 2006 to 2016. Since then,
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    ‘Fantasia’, ‘Dumbo’ animator Milton Quon dies at 105

    Son of immigrants became third Chinese-American employed by Disney.

    It emerged on Tuesday (2) that Milton Quon, who worked on Disney classics Fantasia and Dumbo in the golden age of animation, died at home in California of natural causes on June 18. He was 105.

    Quon was born in Los Angeles to Chinese immigrants and grew up with his seven sisters. Coaxed by his uncle, the young Quon began to explore his artistic flair, and soon found work as a designer for Chinatown restaurants.

    When he joined Disney in 1939 he became the third Chinese-American to work at the studio, and landed jobs on Fantasia and Dumbo.
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    Karlovy Vary Review: ‘The Fading Village’

    An epic, magnificently shot chronicle of a tiny Chinese hamlet enduring one of its final yearly cycles of harvest and hardship, Liu Feifang’s delicate but mighty debut documentary feature “The Fading Village” is loosely organized around the last member of the newer generation to still live in the Shanxi Province village of Heishuigetuo. Goat farmer Hou Junli is 35, but whatever hope his relative youth might hold out for a rejuvenation of his hometown has already passed: While Junli tends to his dwindling flock under the hectoring instruction of his mother and the silent, saturnine eye of his aging father, his wife and son live in the city. And the boy dislikes the village because there are no malls and you can’t get a Wi-Fi signal: This is no country for young men.

    Stories about “the dark side of China’s economic miracle” are in such plentiful supply as
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    Superhero Bits: Spider-Man PS4 Gets ‘Far From Home’ Suits, ‘Batman: Hush’ Heads to Comic-Con & More

    Which DC Comics animated movies are premiering at Comic-Con? Want to toss on some new suits in Spider-Man PS4? Did you hear Josh Brolin called Marvel to see what’s going on with Cable? Is Spider-Man franchise director Jon Watts interested in a Venom crossover? Is Erik Killmonger coming back for Black Panther 2? Want to […]

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    ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ Trailer: Good Afternoon, Jesus

    ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ Trailer: Good Afternoon, Jesus
    The folks behind Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals are back with The Righteous Gemstones. The series follows a world-famous televangelist family who are clearly anything but holy. McBride stars with John Goodman, Adam Devine, and Edi Patterson, and from the looks of things, this is going to be a must-see. Watch a new Righteous Gemstones trailer below, sinners. The Righteous Gemstones Trailer […]

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    Disney Animator Milton Quon Dies at 105

    Disney Animator Milton Quon Dies at 105
    Milton Quon, an animator who worked on “Fantasia” and “Dumbo,” died of natural causes at his home in Torrance, Ca., on June 18. He was 105.

    His son, artist Mike Quon, told Variety that his father was drawing up until his last days. He also acted in movies including “Speed,” “Chill Factor,” “Sweet Jane,” “The Cat Killers” and the TV series “NYPD Blue” in addition to working as a Disney publicity executive. He described his “Speed” character in a 2005 interview as the “token Asian on the bus.”

    Mike Quon said his father maintained a sense of humor throughout his life. When asked about the secret to his longevity, he would reply, “A good wife and Chinese food.”

    Quon was born in Los Angeles as the eldest of eight children and the only son of immigrants from Canton, China. He was encouraged by an uncle to pursue a career in art, before receiving
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    Film Review: ‘Socrates’

    Film Review: ‘Socrates’
    “Socrates” is the kind of downward-spiral narrative bound to sound relentlessly bleak in description. But small wonder Alex Moratto’s first feature won him the Independent Spirit “Someone to Watch” Award in January, along with various other prizes along the festival trail: He imbues this unhappy slice of slum life with an energy and compassion that transcends mere miserabilism.

    With breakout performances by its two young male leads, the tale of a poor gay teen struggling to stay afloat after the death of a parent in Sao Paolo belies its short running time with a sense of full dramatic realization. It’s an engrossing portrait that Breaking Glass will give a limited U.S. theatrical release in early August. DVD/VOD launch follows later that month.

    Socrates” was made with a crew of 16- to 20-year-olds from the Quero Institute, a Unicef-supported project introducing low-income Sao Paolo youths to filmmaking.
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    Cool Stuff: Mondo’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ Vinyl Soundtracks Are Sdcc Exclusives

    Mondo has announced the first wave of their San Diego Comic-Con exclusive releases, and the first two items will please vinyl soundtrack collectors very much. Blade Runner 2049 and Who Framed Roger Rabbit are both getting new vinyl soundtrack releases that (at first) you’ll only be able to get at the convention in San Diego. […]

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    Dani Shapiro Memoir ‘Inheritance’ to Get Movie Adaptation From Killer Films

    Dani Shapiro’s New York Times-bestselling memoir “Inheritance” is getting a movie adaptation at Killer Films with Cami Delavigne on board to write the script, Variety has learned exclusively.

    The memoir, titled “Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love,” centers on Shapiro’s discovery, after taking a commercial DNA test on a whim, that the man she’d known her whole life as her father was not biologically related to her. Shapiro goes on to uncover the truth about her identity, which had been kept from her for more than 50 years.

    “Inheritance” will be produced by Pamela Koffler and Killer Films. Shapiro will executive produce along with Beverly Rogers.

    Killer Films’ producing credits include the Oscar-nominated films “Still Alice,” “Carol,” “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Far From Heaven.” TV credits include the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” featuring Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce, which won five Emmys.

    Shapiro also wrote the memoirs “Hourglass,
    See full article at Variety - Film News »

    Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Let There Be Light’

    Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Let There Be Light’
    The multilayered “Let There Be Light” is an earnest, relatable state-of-the-nation drama from helmer-writer Marko ?kop that highlights xenophobia, religious hypocrisy and the rise of the extreme right in a small Slovak village. Tapping into numerous of-the-moment issues, the story unfolds from the perspective of a middle-aged carpenter who returns at Christmas from working on a construction job in Germany and finds his community (and his sons) in thrall to a controlling Catholic priest and a mysterious, far-right paramilitary youth group called The Guard. Although some may be frustrated by former documentarian ?kop’s observational rather than overtly critical view of his country’s rising nationalism, the film raises important and provocative questions for which there are no easy answers.

    Cheerful construction worker Milan grew up in the remote village where his family still lives. He was raised by a brutal, critical father (?ubomír Paulovi?) and trained as a carpenter from a young age.
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    ‘The Lost Boys’ TV Show Being Completely Reworked, Ditching All But Two Cast Members

    The CW has driven a stake through the heart of their Lost Boys TV show, and will now attempt to revive it with fresh blood. The network originally passed on the TV adaptation of the popular ’80s vampire flick, and now plan to retool the show completely. The retooling is so extreme that they’ve gotten rid […]

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    Kevin Costner May Never Make Another Series Like ‘Yellowstone’

    Kevin Costner May Never Make Another Series Like ‘Yellowstone’
    Kevin Costner doesn’t know why viewers are flocking to “Yellowstone.” He doesn’t break his projects down as “intellectual” or “psychological” experiences. They’re emotional journeys, and the characters guiding them are his primary concern. So if, say, his character in the Paramount Network western, John Dutton, is behaving inconsistently, that would be a problem.

    “When I see behavior that’s off, it bothers me,” Costner said to IndieWire. “Maybe a sociopath watching a film goes, ‘I know who the rat is,’ and you think, ‘Yeah, [because] in your own life, you’re a rat.’ You just don’t recognize it in yourself. I have to look at John and understand — outside the character — ‘Hey, you just crossed a line. There’s no going back from that. You sanctioned a killing.’ You can inform the storytellers, the creators, that, ‘Look, we’ve just done that, and now we have to
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    ‘The Farewell’ Director Lulu Wang Turned Down a Nearly $15 Million Deal From a Streaming Company for A24’s Theatrical Rollout

    ‘The Farewell’ Director Lulu Wang Turned Down a Nearly $15 Million Deal From a Streaming Company for A24’s Theatrical Rollout
    After a rapturous reception at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Lulu Wang‘s The Farewell shot to the top of the most anticipated indies of the year and sold to A24 for a deal estimated between $6 million and $7 million. But it turns out that this wasn’t the only deal that Wang was considering. […]

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