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Drew Goddard Tackling Children's Fantasy 'Nevermoor' (Exclusive)

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Drew Goddard, the Oscar-nominated scribe behind The Martian, is tackling the big-screen adaptation of Nevermoor, a kids fantasy book that launches on Halloween.

Goddard is attached to pen the script and will produce for Twentieth Century Fox, which pre-emptively picked up the rights last year. The book, with the title Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, hits shelves Oct. 31 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The book’s translation rights have already sold in 27 countries.

Written by Jessica Townsend, the book tells of a girl names Morrigan Crow, a girl born on an unlucky day who is blamed »


- Borys Kit

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Brit Marling Says Harvey Weinstein "Suggested We Shower Together"

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Brit Marling has shared her account of meeting with Harvey Weinstein, who has been plagued with decades of allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape.

The actress and co-creator of Netflix's The Oa recalled the 2014 experience in an essay in The Atlantic about "the economics of consent."

"I, too, went to the meeting thinking that perhaps my entire life was about to change for the better," she wrote. "I, too, was asked to meet him in a hotel bar. I, too, met a young, female assistant there who said the meeting had been moved upstairs to his suite because »


- Ashley Lee

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'Dora the Explorer' Movie in the Works With Nick Stoller (Exclusive)

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Paramount is saying "Vámos!" to a big-screen version of Dora the Explorer, the popular Nickelodeon children’s series.

Nick Stoller, the writer-director behind movies such as The Muppets and Neighbors, has been brought on board to work on the script for the project, which will be produced by Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. It hails from Paramount's new Paramount Players division.

The moves kick-starts a project that had been inactive for some time. In 2015, Paramount had been developing a movie with Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots) writing and Mary Parent producing.

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- Borys Kit

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George Clooney and Matt Damon Say They Knew Weinstein Was a Womanizer, Not a Predator

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George Clooney and Matt Damon are shedding more light on what it was like working with ousted Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who helped launched both actors to stardom, in the late '90s.

The pair, during their press tour for the Clooney-directed film Suburbicon, sat down with ABC's Michael Strahan to clarify what they knew about Weinstein's alleged history of sexual harassment prior to the media firestorm that erupted after the publication of two exposés, by The New York Times and The New Yorker, which detailed decades of harassment and assault allegations against the disgraced mogul.

"You had »


- Meena Jang

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David Fincher Didn't Want the Stress of Directing a 'Star Wars' Film

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Helming a Star Wars film is a burden David Fincher did not want to bear.

The Oscar-nominated director was in the running to direct 2015's The Force Awakens (it ultimately went to J.J. Abrams), which he called a "plum assignment." But he recently told Empire on the Empire Film Podcast that he stayed clear of the project because he knew the stress would be too much. 

“I can’t imagine the kind of intestinal fortitude one has to have following up the success of the last two or three,” Fincher told the podcast. “That’s a whole other level. One is that you »


- Ryan Parker

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'Suburbicon' Premiere: Stars Praise George Clooney as "Actor's Director"

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George Clooney ran the show as director for his latest project Suburbicon and he also stole the show at the film's premiere in Los Angeles. 

"He's incredibly thoughtful, he's very, very prepared and he really knows what he wants to say with his movies. He knows how to communicate his vision with those who are working for him, which is exactly what you want as a director," Julianne Moore told The Hollywood Reporter Sunday night as she reunited with Clooney, Matt Damon, Karimah Westbrook, Grant Heslov and more.  

Adding, "I would absolutely want to work with him again."

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- Brian Porreca

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N.Y. Attorney General Launches Investigation of Weinstein Co.

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State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a civil rights investigation on Monday into The Weinstein Co. following sexual harassment and assault allegations against its co-founder, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

As part of the investigation, the prosecutor's office issued a subpoena seeking company records on harassment complaints and legal settlements to determine whether any civil rights and anti-discrimination laws were broken.

"No New Yorker should be forced to walk into a workplace ruled by sexual intimidation, harassment or fear," said Schneiderman, a Democrat. "If sexual harassment or discrimination is pervasive at a company, we want to know."

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Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges to Star in Drama 'Ben is Back'

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Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges are set to star in the homecoming drama Ben Is Back.

Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, About a Boy) wrote and will direct the feature that takes place over 24 hours, following the charming-but-troubled Ben Burns (Hedges) who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother, Holly Burns (Roberts), welcomes her beloved son, but soon learns that he is still in harm’s way.

Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson's Color Force and Teddy Schwarzman's Black Bear Pictures are producing alongside the elder Hedges. 30West and Black Bear will fully finance the »


- Mia Galuppo

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'The Fortress' ('Namhan Sanseong'): Film Review

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Korea’s mid-millennial territorial conflicts provide the backdrop for The Fortress, an historical epic focused on China’s 1636 invasion of the country and subsequent subjugation of the royal court. Grand in scope but narratively constrained, this is the type of Korean drama that plays best regionally, presenting limited interest elsewhere.

Dispensing with key plot preliminaries, writer-director Hwang Dong-Hyuk (Miss Granny) relies on a series of introductory cards to describe how the rise of the Qing dynasty emboldens the Chinese emperor to subjugate surrounding kingdoms and bring them under his direct rule. When King Injo (Park Hae-Il) of Korea’s Joseon dynasty refuses »


- Justin Lowe

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Uber Sexual Harassment Movie in the Works With Whistleblower Susan Fowler

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Susan Fowler, the woman who exposed Uber's rampant sexual harassment issues with her viral blog post, is partnering with Good Universe for a movie about her experience at the ride share company.

In her post, "Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber," Fowler detailed a year's worth of harassment as an engineer at Uber, which has been described as indicative of the overall sexist Silicon Valley culture. Her story prompted an internal investigation at the company, which would eventually lead to CEO Travis Kalanick's resignation.

Hidden Figures scripter Allison Schroeder will pen the feature, titled Disruptors, which is described as Erin Brockovich meets The Social Network. »


- Mia Galuppo

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Movie Sequels Can Get Complicated When the Producer Has Been Married Multiple Times

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Hollywood certainly loves iteration. But let it be said that there can never be too much of a good thing. When sequels and multiple marriages mix, things get complicated. Indeed, it's a recipe for legal action.

Take Blade Runner as an example. The original 1982 sci-fi classic about an ex-cop hunting "replicants" was co-executive produced by Bud Yorkin, best known for TV shows like All in the Family and Sanford and Son. When Blade Runner came out, he was married to Peg Yorkin. The two got divorced in 1986, and as is customary, they divided assets. A 50 percent share of Bud's interest in Blade »


- Eriq Gardner

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'Barley Fields on the Other Side of the Mountain': Film Review | Mumbai 2017

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Not just another immigrant story, Tian Tsering’s sober vision of Tibetan peasants living under Chinese rule, Barley Fields on the Other Side of the Mountain, draws its power from its direct and straightforward story-telling. The heroine is a headstrong 16-year-old girl who labors away in her family’s barley fields, until the day her father is arrested. Her wrenching search for him and quest for her own freedom point at a one-way, no-return trek to India that implies never seeing part of her family again.

Tucked away in the Mumbai film festival’s world cinema section, this first feature describes the quiet rebellion of »


- Deborah Young

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director Says He Tried to "Warn People" About James Toback

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Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn says he tried for years to warn people about James Toback, the director who over the weekend was accused of sexual misconduct by more than 30 woman. 

In a lengthy Facebook post published Sunday, the Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director said he personally knew more than a dozen women who accused the Oscar-nominated Bugsy director Toback of sexual harassment. 

"He essentially goes up to women and says, 'Hey, I'm James Toback, and I'm a famous director, and I feel like there's a connection between us.' Then he shows them some article »


- Ryan Parker

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'Phantom Thread' Trailer Previews Daniel Day-Lewis in His Last Role Before Retirement

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The trailer for Phantom ThreadDaniel Day-Lewis’ last pre-retirement project, has been released.

The drama stars the Oscar winner as Reynolds Woodcock, a fashion designer who caters to members of high society and the royal family in 1950s London, alongside his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville). He meets a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.

The Annapurna and Focus release is helmed by Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed Day-Lewis in 2007's There Will Be Blood.

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- Ashley Lee

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Hollywood Film Awards: 'The Big Sick' to Receive Comedy Ensemble Award

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The cast of The Big Sick, including Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, will receive the Hollywood Comedy Ensemble Award at the upcoming Hollywood Film Awards.

In addition, Jamie Bell will receive the New Hollywood Actor Award for his recent work in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, and musicians Diane Warren, Common and Andra Day will receive the Hollywood Song Award for the original song "Stand Up for Something" from Marshall. Warren wrote the music; she also wrote the lyrics with Common. The song is performed by Day featuring Common.

The 21st annual Hollywood Film Awards »


- Kimberly Nordyke

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Sam Shepard Helps Uncover Clues in Clip From Final Film, 'Never Here'

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Sam Shepard died in July, from complications related to Als, but the acclaimed actor and playwright can now be seen in his final film, the psychological thriller Never Here.

Shepard stars with Mireille Enos in the indie — currently in select theaters and on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu and Google Play — written and directed by Camille Thoman in her narrative feature debut.

The film follows Enos' Miranda Fall, an installation artist whose secret lover (Shepard) witnesses a stranger assaulting a woman. To cover for Shepard's Paul Stark, Miranda tells the police she saw the attack alone and gives »


- Hilary Lewis

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Netflix to Raise $1.6 Billion for Content Acquisitions

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Netflix plans a $1.6 billion offering of senior notes to raise money for content acquisitions and "strategic transactions."

The plans were unveiled Monday as the video streaming giant continues to take on rivals in the digital arena, including Amazon and Hulu. Netflix revealed two weeks ago that it may spend as much as $8 billion on content next year.

The video streaming giant gave no details on the interest rate or the maturity date for its proposed debt offering, which will be determined by negotiations between Netflix and the initial purchasers.

Netflix added it intends to use the proceeds of »

- Etan Vlessing

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Hollywood's Culture of Abuse Helped Harvey Weinstein Thrive

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In early August 2013, Fox Searchlight arranged for me to see a newly completed film that The Hollywood Reporter was considering as the cover story for our upcoming Toronto Film Festival issue. No one I knew had seen the movie, nor had anyone said anything about it, good or bad, so I was stunned by what I saw, and above all by a young actress making her feature debut.

The movie was 12 Years a Slave, and the actress was Lupita Nyong’o. That year, she was the first person we approached to be on THR's Actress Roundtable, and we seated »

- Stephen Galloway

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'In the Shadows' ('Gali Guliyan'): Film Review | Mumbai 2017

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A thriller whose tense, dystopian atmosphere distantly recalls Coppola’s The Conversation, Dipesh Jain’s Hindi language feature In the Shadows (Gali Guliyan) explores the roots of paranoia in a loner intent on spying on his neighbors. Here the protag's obsession expresses itself through cheap, jerry-rigged surveillance cameras that he watches with morbid fascination. Earning a jury mention at the Mumbai film festival's Asian Gold competition, this first feature boasts promising intensity, even if its narrative complexity feels contrived. And the shadows cast over an innocent psyche can feel very heavy-handed and downbeat.

The story opens with William S. Burroughs’s wry observation: “There »


- Deborah Young

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Russia Braces for Violent Protests as Controversial Film About Last Tsar Set to Open

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A controversial film that tells the story of an affair between a beautiful ballerina and Russia's last emperor is due to be released Thursday after months of protest.

Matilda, by award-winning director Alexei Uchitel, has attracted the ire of the Russian Orthodox Church and nationalist extremists, angered by the depiction of a man they consider a saint.

The Russia-wide release on more than 1,000 screens is likely to reignite tensions after months of protests that have included the fire bombing of Uchitel's St Petersburg offices, attacks on cinemas and a billboard poster campaign by the church emphasizing the »

- Nick Holdsworth,Vladimir Kozlov

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