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DC Fans Launch Petition for Release of Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ Director’s Cut

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DC Fans Launch Petition for Release of Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ Director’s Cut
Hardcore DC movie fans have launched a change.org petition asking Warner Bros. to restore director Zack Snyder’s original “Justice League” cut, together with Tom Holkenborg’s (Junkie Xl) score on home release. As of this writing, the petition has collected over 19,000 signatures. DC Movie fan Roberto Mata from San Juan, Puerto Rico launched the petition, condemning changes that were made to the film’s score and run-time following Snyder’s exit in May when his daughter died. Joss Whedon stepped in to finish the film, and composer Holkenborg was replaced with Danny Elfman.
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Harvey Weinstein’s Hitlist for Investigators Included Rose McGowan, 90 Others (Report)

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Harvey Weinstein’s Hitlist for Investigators Included Rose McGowan, 90 Others (Report)
Harvey Weinstein drew up a secret hitlist of 91 actors, publicists, producers, and other notable figures in the film industry for his private investigators to target, according to a report in The Guardian. The British paper reported Saturday that it had “gained access to a secret hitlist of almost 100 prominent individuals targeted by Harvey Weinstein in an extraordinary attempt to discover what they knew about sexual misconduct claims against him and whether they were intending to go public.” Among those on the list were Rose McGowan, who was among the first to speak out about Weinstein last month, when the...
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‘Incredibles 2’ Trailer Gets to Work Saving the World Again

‘Incredibles 2’ Trailer Gets to Work Saving the World Again
Disney-Pixar has released the first Incredibles 2 trailer. The upcoming film will pick up after the events of the first movie, and will focus more on Helen Parr/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) as Bob/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) stays home to raise Jack-Jack. And as this first teaser trailer reveals, Jack-Jack is going to be quite the handful. Incredibles fans probably saw that coming, especially if they saw writer-director Brad Bird's 2005 animated short Jack-Jack Attack. It's hard to believe it's been 13 years since that brief peek at the incredible powers …
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Trouble Alert: ‘Justice League’ Struggles Toward Weak $94 Million Opening

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Trouble Alert: ‘Justice League’ Struggles Toward Weak $94 Million Opening
Justice League” was supposed to be DC’s “Avengers,” and Warner Bros. way of capping off a successful second half of 2017 that began with “Wonder Woman.” But now, after making $38.8 million on Friday from 4,040 screens, “Justice League” is in danger of finishing its opening weekend with a total of less than $100 million, a mark that all three Marvel Studios releases and “Wonder Woman” were able to hit this year. Directed by Zack Snyder with reshoots helmed by Joss Whedon, “Jl” was projected to make $110-120 million this weekend, less that the $133 million made by “Suicide Squad”...
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Robert Pattinson Reveals That ‘Good Time’ Was ‘Much More of a Comedy’ Before the Safdie Brothers Made It Darker

Robert Pattinson Reveals That ‘Good Time’ Was ‘Much More of a Comedy’ Before the Safdie Brothers Made It Darker
Good Time” isn’t exactly a laugh riot. Robert Pattinson stars as one of two bank-robbing brothers in the Safdie Brothers’ latest, the title of which is about as ironic as Michael Haneke’s “Happy End.” In a new Los Angeles Times interview, however, the “Twilight” star–turned–arthouse staple reveals that the film’s first draft was “much more of a comedy.”
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How Sony Nabbed Quentin Tarantino's Manson Movie

How Sony Nabbed Quentin Tarantino's Manson Movie
In the wake of the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, his career-long collaborator Quentin Tarantino’s next movie became one of the hottest projects in years on Hollywood’s auction block.

Sony Pictures Entertainment made a high-powered presentation Nov. 8 that included chairman Tom Rothman, Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch and marketing president Josh Greenstein, but the studio had to wait on pins and needles for more than a week before learning it beat Warner Bros. and Paramount to land worldwide distribution rights to the film.

It’s a significant win for Sony given its currently anemic slate, but to acquire the project,...
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‘Get Out’ Awards Category Dilemma: Film Defies Easy Labels, Cast Says

‘Get Out’ Awards Category Dilemma: Film Defies Easy Labels, Cast Says
Despite the eruption of controversy over the nomination of “Get Out” in the Golden Globe’s best musical or comedy category, the picture’s cast and producers appeared to have taken the social media furor in stride Friday night.

At a celebration for “Get Out” at Hollywood’s Lombardi house, producer Jason Blum said the film defies a neat category or label – and that’s a strength.

“It is all things: satire. It’s an action movie. It’s a comedy. It’s a drama. It’s a thriller. It’s a horror movie,” Blum told Variety. “That’s what makes it great, is that you can’t put it in a box.”

The critical response to the genre film has been very inspiring, Blum said, in part because it has brought an ongoing conversation about structural racism to the fore.

“The movie is making people think that you can really use genre to tell very, very
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‘Mission: Impossible’ Producer Paula Wagner on Making Thurgood Marshall Movie

‘Mission: Impossible’ Producer Paula Wagner on Making Thurgood Marshall Movie
Paula Wagner’s five-year quest to get the story of Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall onto screen was “absolutely worth it,” the Hollywood producer told filmmakers at Poland’s Camerimage fest on Friday.

The inspiring biopic, “Marshall,” which opened in October, focuses on an early case the young Marshall takes on in Connecticut, defending a black chauffeur accused of rape and attempted murder against his rich, white employer. As the future jurist on the highest court in the land develops his strategy, viewers come to grips with the extent of racism and bias in the justice system that’s hardly limited to the South.

Set in 1940 and featuring “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman as Marshall, the courtroom drama avoids simple hero myths and portrays the defense attorney’s substantial (and deserving) ego as a factor that may endanger his success, as Variety reviewer Peter Debruge points out.

The true story, in which Marshall’s employer,
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Danny Elfman Hates When Reboots Scrap Classic Themes

Danny Elfman Hates When Reboots Scrap Classic Themes
Composer Danny Elfman didn't have a lot of time to decide to step back into the world of DC with Justice League.

The film was in flux after director Zack Snyder stepped away in May following the death of his daughter, and filmmaker Joss Whedon was brought in to write additional scenes and oversee reshoots and post-production. Whedon made another change, ushering out Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice composer Antonius Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie Xl.

"I got the call from Joss very last second," Elfman tells Heat Vision. "I got the call and it was, ‘You have to decide...
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‘Justice League’: Why Joss Whedon is Only Receiving a Credit for Writing, Not Directing

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‘Justice League’: Why Joss Whedon is Only Receiving a Credit for Writing, Not Directing
After an unspeakable family loss, Zack Snyder left “Justice League” in May and handed the film over to Joss Whedon to complete. However, Whedon was already been working with Snyder to write new material for additional photography. That Whedon was already taking his cues from Snyder in reshaping the film — to say nothing of the “Avengers” credit on his resume — made him the obvious choice to direct the reshoots and steer the film over the finish line.

Since then, “Justice League” producers, cast, and crew have been in lock-step in their message: Whedon selflessly came aboard to carry out Snyder’s vision. Wonder Woman herself chimed in: “This is Zack Snyder’s movie,” said Gal Gadot in an interview with Empire Magazine. “Joss only did a few weeks of reshoots. He was Zack’s guy and knew exactly what he wanted to get.”
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Damon Lindelof on Why We Need a New ‘Watchmen’ Now: ‘What We Think About Superheroes is Wrong’

HBO has yet to officially green light a “Watchmen” TV adaptation, but Damon Lindelof has been hard at work on the series for more than a month. Chronicled with sly references and clever comparisons on the showrunner’s Instagram account, the series — which received a pilot order from the premium cable network in September — has already generated a lot of buzz.

On Saturday afternoon, Lindelof spoke publicly about the project for the first time. He took part in a panel at Vulture Fest along with “The Good Place” creator Mike Schur and was asked by Vulture’s West Coast Editor Josef Adalian why he decided to follow-up his critically acclaimed series “The Leftovers” with a comic book adaptation.

Prefacing his point with his memory of the original graphic novel, Lindelof said, “Watchmen was dangerous.”

“The reason I’m doing this is because these are dangerous times and we need dangerous shows,
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Sound Editing

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Sound Editing
The sound in “Dunkirk” is crucial for this almost-silent, radically structured action movie. And “War for the Planet of the Apes” is also relatively dialogue light–except when Woody Harrelson’s Kurtz-like Colonel and Andy Serkis as Caesar explode in a dramatic face-off. And each time Ryan Gosling’s K in “Blade Runner,” Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman or Ansel Elgort’s Baby Driver enters a new landscape, the sound design clues us into what’s going on.

Here are our current predictions in alphabetical order. No movie will be deemed a frontrunner until I see it.

Frontrunners:

Will Files (“War for the Planet of the Apes”)

Richard King (“Dunkirk”)

Mark Mangini (“Blade Runner 2049”)

James Mather (“Wonder Woman”)

Julian Slater (“Baby Driver”)

Contenders:

Craig Berkey (“Darkest Hour”)

Richard Hymns (“The Post”)

Eric A. Norris, Steven Ticknor (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”)

Warren Shaw (“Beauty and the Beast”)

Donald Sylvester (“Logan”)

Matthew Wood
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Sound Mixing

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Sound Mixing
The Sound branch of the Academy often favors music-driven movies when it comes to the Mixing Oscar nominations, so Edgar Wright’s propulsive “Baby Driver” has a shot here, along with the elaborately layered sound mixes on “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Wonder Woman,” “Dunkirk” and “Blade Runner 2049.”

Frontrunners:

Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Mac Ruth (“Blade Runner 2049”)

Chris Burdon, Gilbert Lake, Chris Munro (“Wonder Woman”)

Tim Cavagin, Julian Slater, Mary H. Ellis, James Peterson (“Baby Driver”)

Will Files, Douglas Murray, Andy Nelson, Chris Duesterdiek (“War for the Planet of the Apes”)

Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo, Mark Weingarten (“Dunkirk”)

Contenders:

Craig Berkey, John Casali (“Darkest Hour”)

David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Paul Ledford (“Logan”)

Christian P. Minkler, Michael Minkler, John Casali (“Beauty and the Beast”)

Kevin O’Connell, Tony Lamberti, Felipe Borrero (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”)

David Parker, Michael Semanick, Tim White (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”)

Gary Rydstrom (“The Post”)

Long Shots:

Ron Bartlett,
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3: ‘Chances Are High’ Kali Will Be Back

‘Stranger Things’ Season 3: ‘Chances Are High’ Kali Will Be Back
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Stranger Things” Season 2.]

Eleven’s sister may make Season 3 of “Stranger Things” a sibling affair. At the “Stranger Things: Inside the Upside Down” panel at Vulture Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, the cast and crew of the Netflix series were on hand to reveal behind-the-scenes info from Season 2 and tease what might lie ahead.

In particular, brothers Matt and Ross Duffer revealed that Kali (Linnea Berthelsen) will most likely return for Season 3. “It would feel weird that we would’n’t resolve that storyline,” said Matt Duffer. “Chances are high that she comes back.”

Ross Duffer added, “We’re in very early days of Season 3… That’s not an official announcement.”

In the second season, “Chapter 7: The Lost Sister” was one of the most divisive episodes among fans and critics alike because it was a standalone adventure that took place outside of the action of Hawkins, Indiana. Even IndieWire’s
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Harvey Weinstein Drew Up 91-Name List For Investigators To Target: Report

Harvey Weinstein Drew Up 91-Name List For Investigators To Target: Report
A list of 91 actors, publicists, producers and financiers purportedly drawn up by Harvey Weinstein for his private investigators to target for information has been obtained by The Guardian, the U.K. news organization says. The Guardian story follows the remarkable Nov. 6 New Yorker article by Ronan Farrow that detailed the investigations carried out at Weinstein’s behest, by the Kroll and Black Cube firms. In the Guardian article posted today, the newspaper’s Observer…
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Amber Tamblyn to Lena Dunham: Stop Making Excuses for ‘Girls’ Writer Accused of Rape

Amber Tamblyn to Lena Dunham: Stop Making Excuses for ‘Girls’ Writer Accused of Rape
Updated (November 18): Lena Dunham released a new statement on Twitter saying she and Jenni Konner regret the timing of their prior statement “with every fiber of our being,” adding, “every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely, and our relationship to the accused should not be part of the calculation anyone makes when examining her case.”

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Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 19, 2017

Without naming “Girls” creator Lena Dunham and showrunner Jenni Konner, Amber Tamblyn criticized them for siding with series writer Murray Miller, who this week was accused of raping actress Aurora Perrineau. At The Hollywood Roosevelt on November 18, the “Paint It Black” writer-director closed out the Vulture Festival edition of “Feminist Af,” the reading series she co-founded with author Roxane Gay, by encouraging women to be “allies to one another” without exception.

“‘Wait a minute, this was my friend; wait a minute,
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Little People Played Big Enough At A Guild Screening Of Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’

Little People Played Big Enough At A Guild Screening Of Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’
The challenge for Alexander Payne's Downsizing is obvious: Its people are small, but its themes are very big. And whether those are too large, and manifold, for a pop culture that likes to gnaw on its issues in digestible lumps—racial injustice, political hatred, income inequality, climate collapse, each in its turn—has yet to be seen. Set for commercial release by Paramount Pictures on Dec. 22, Payne's fable about an Everyman, played by Matt Damon, who decides to escape…
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Jessica Chastain Mocks Sexist Auditions on ‘The Tonight Show’: ‘Can You Try It Again, but Hot? — Watch

Jessica Chastain Mocks Sexist Auditions on ‘The Tonight Show’: ‘Can You Try It Again, but Hot? — Watch
Jessica Chastain is one of Hollywood’s most outspoken feminists, speaking out about gender inequality and other issues on social media, Cannes press conferences, and talk shows. The two-time Oscar nominee took a more lighthearted approach to the issue on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” last night, recording a comic segment in which she endures an increasingly sexist audition. Watch below.

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After appearing in front of the camera and reading for the role of Angela, she’s given a simple direction: “Can you try it again, but hot?” She complies with the request by delivering her line in a breather way, which is met with another question: “This time can you try it sweet and modest…but also hot? And can you be younger?” It gets increasingly ridiculous from there (“Just like that,
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Harvey Weinstein had secret hitlist of names to quash sex scandal

Producer hired team to investigate 91 film industry figures in attempt to stop harassment claims going public

The Observer has gained access to a secret hitlist of almost 100 prominent individuals targeted by Harvey Weinstein in an extraordinary attempt to discover what they knew about sexual misconduct claims against him and whether they were intending to go public.

The previously undisclosed list contains a total of 91 actors, publicists, producers, financiers and others working in the film industry, all of whom Weinstein allegedly identified as part of a strategy to prevent accusers from going public with sexual misconduct claims against him.

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Hollywood Split Over Al Franken; Former ‘SNL’ Cast Members Take Sides

Should he stay or should he go? Hollywood, never as monolithic as Fox News viewers believe, certainly has reached no consensus on Al Franken, the Saturday Night Live veteran turned Minnesota senator. “Zero tolerance,” tweets Alyssa Milano, firmly in the he-needs-to-go camp. On the other side: “He made a mistake,” said Chelsea Handler, agreeing with a Franken-supporting Bill Maher on last night’s Real Time With Bill Maher. “He’s not a predator.” Maher neatly summed up the…
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