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Judge Denies Director’s Bid to Seize and Destroy ‘The Professor and the Madman’

A judge on Friday denied director Farhad Safinia’s request to seize and destroy a producer’s cut of “The Professor and the Madman,” the Mel Gibson film about the Oxford English Dictionary. Safinia says he was thrown off the film after Voltage Pictures refused his request to shoot five additional days at Oxford University. He filed… Read more »

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No Wonder ‘It’ Is a Smash Hit: It’s the World’s Most Deluxe Freddy Krueger Movie

When I finally caught up with the smash-hit horror film “It,” it wasn’t hard to divine the secret of the movie’s success: It’s a spooky but reassuringly programmed terror app — the world’s most deluxe Freddy Krueger film. It’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street 8” with Stephen King benefits. Pennywise, the monster clown who shows… Read more »

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Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga’s ‘Star Is Born’ Moves to May 2018

Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born” remake starring Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga) and Bradley Cooper, who is also directing, is moving up its release to May 18, 2018. The pic was originally set to open Sept. 28, 2018 but the studio sees it as a strong counter-programming move by putting it in the midst of… Read more »

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Billy Eichner in Talks to Join Anna Kendrick’s Female Santa Claus Film (EXCLUSIVE)

Billy Eichner is in negotiations to join Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader in Disney’s female Santa Claus film “Nicole,” sources tell Variety. “Miss Congeniality” scribe Marc Lawrence is directing and writing the script. The movie revolves around Santa’s daughter, presumably the titular Nicole, who is forced to take over the family business when her father… Read more »

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Martin Scorsese to Teach First-Ever Online Filmmaking Class

Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese is launching an internet-based course in making movies — his first foray into e-learning. The Oscar-winning director will debut the class in early 2018 through online-education startup MasterClass. The class costs $90 for unlimited access to more than 20 video lessons; pre-enrollment is available starting Friday at masterclass.com/ms. In the course,… Read more »

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Ron Perlman Talks About His Early Career, Taking on Makeup-Heavy Roles Like ‘Hellboy’

Hollywood has long recognized Ron Perlman for being unrecognizable. Some of his most iconic roles — including “Hellboy,” “Quest of Fire” and the late-1980s CBS series “Beauty and the Beast” — required extensive, transformative makeup and prosthetics. The actor is returning to television, a medium he describes as “the one area where the storytelling is… Read more »

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San Sebastian Film Festival Boosts Emerging Talent

Spain’s San Sebastián Film Festival, among the high-profile movie events in the Spanish-speaking world, is framing a revolution, in both its role as a film festival and the vision of key new films of the young from Colombia, to the U.S. to southernmost Chile rebelling against a powerless, inept or tyrannical establishment and forging their… Read more »

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San Sebastián: Alicia Vikander on ‘Submergence,’ Modern Love and Women in Cinema

In an early flashback in “Submergence,” Wim Wenders’ latest film starring Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy, McAvoy’s James More, a British spy, jogs manfully past Vikander’s Danielle Flinders on a romantic Atlantic beach in France. He suggests lunch. And that is about the last time in their courtship and seduction that he, a prototype man… Read more »

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