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  1. Movie News: Madonna Bio-pic 'Blond Ambition' on Its Way; Watch Christopher Plummer in 'The Exception' Trailer
    Blond Ambition: Madonna will head to the big screen in Blond Ambition. Universal has acquired rights to a screenplay by Elyse Hollander that follows Madonna after she moved to New York in 1978 and eventually found success with the release of her first album in 1983. The script was the most popular title on the 2016 Black List ranking of the best-unproduced screenplays. [THR]   Hue 68: Michael Mann (Blackhat, above) will produce a small-screen version of Mark Bowden's book Hue 1968. The book, which will be published on June 6, examines the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, known as the turning point for the U.S. during the years-long war. It's envisioned as an eight to 10-hour series; Mann plans to direct multiple episodes. [Deadline]   The War With Grandpa...
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  2. The Smashing First Trailer for 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Teases Channing Tatum and Halle Berry
    Nearly two years ago, Matthew Vaughn said he would only make a sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service if the screenplay was good enough. That was not a disingenuous statement. The original movie was inspired by a six-issue comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Vaughn and Jane Goldman collaborated on the script, which used the premise and then invented new characters and scenarios. In the past, Vaughn has declined to make sequels to movies he has directed, so the fact that he and Goldman wrote a script that he wanted to direct suggests that he must have impressed himself. Kingsman: The Golden Circle features the return of stars Taron Egerton and Mark Strong. Colin Firth is also returning, which is a surprise for anyone who saw the first installment, though we...
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  3. Today in Movie Culture: Sigourney Weaver's New 'Alien' Parody, Spider-Man's Bruno Mars Parody and More
    Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Fake Movie of the Day: Sigourney Weaver reprises her role as Ellen Ripley in a fake new Alien sequel co-starring The Late Show's Stephen Colbert:   Song Parody of the Day: Spider-Man stars in this Nerdist parody of the Bruno Mars song "That's What I Like" called "That Spidey Life":   Cosplay of the Day: One of the hot cosplay collaborations for father and daughters this year is inspired by Logan. Here's are a couple pairs from the Silicon Valley ComicCon: .@SVComicCon Seeing lots of Logan and X-23 costumes at @SVComicCon Day 2. Wish I had a daughter so we could bond like this ... pic.twitter.com/0QpuYdpcIL &mdash...
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  4. 'Mr. Robot' Creator Sam Esmail May Write an Obi-Wan 'Star Wars' Movie
    At its best, the Star Wars franchise has been varied in its style and tone. Although uniform in whole, the three movies of the original trilogy, each directed by a different filmmaker, are quite dissimilar in their look and feel. The prequels were more consistent, all written and directed by George Lucas, and now so far the modern era of Star Wars has delivered two very different kinds of films in The Force Awakens and Rogue One. We'll continue to see new voices with The Last Jedi and the Han Solo spinoff, so we should also be able to look forward to other unique writing and directing talents joining the saga.  According to the claim of Omega Underground (via /Film), one of those talents could be Sam Esmail. You may...
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  5. 'The Conjuring 2' Spin-Off Keeps Things In The Family By Casting Another Farmiga
    Back in the day prolific horror franchises progressed in pretty much only one direction. Every year or so Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees would march forward, with each new sequel finding some way to change things up. And to be honest, it wasn't a particularly great thing for those franchises. By the time you got five or six sequels in, franchises had mutated so much that they'd lost sight of the simplicity that made them great in the first place. The horror franchises of today, however, may end up avoiding a similarly convoluted fate. Instead of charging forward in one direction, they can take a page out of the Marvel playbook and splinter off for their own little cinematic universes. So far the most prolific of these is The Conjuring, which...
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  6. Movie News: Scorsese, DiCaprio, De Niro Touted for 'Killers of the Flower Moon'; Margot Robbie to Play Queen Elizabeth
    Killers of the Flower Moon: Director Martin Scorsese might team up with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro to make Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. Academy Award winner Eric Roth wrote the screenplay based on David Grann's book, which tells the true story of more than two dozen murders on the Osage Indian Reservation in Oklahoma in the 1920s, which all happened after oil made the Osage wealthy. [Deadline]   Mary Queen of Scots: Margot Robbie (The Legend of Tarzan, above) is in negotiations to star in Mary Queen of Scots. If things work out, she would portray Queen Elizabeth opposite Saoirse Ronan, who is already set to play the titular Mary. The two women were first cousins once removed who ruled during a tumultuous period in...
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  7. Fox Dates 'Avatar' Sequels, a 'Dark Phoenix' Movie, 'The Predator,' 'New Mutants' and More
    Everyone remembers when Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice initially had the same release date, right? Ultimately it was the latter that blinked and moved, but even if it hadn't, releasing two similar, giant movies on the same day is a bad for everyone. Release dates are a tricky thing for studios to get right. For decades the biggest movies always came out in summer, but the cinematic landscape has changed so much in just the last ten years that a summer blockbuster can come out in the dead of winter. These days it's more important for a studio to examine when the competition is releasing movies, and one of the best ways to preemptively defend against a competitor (aside from simply making a great movie, of course) is to stake our your...
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  8. Box Office Report: Peaking ‘Fate of the Furious’ Still Too Much For Lackluster Newbies At Box Office
    Here are your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. The Fate of the Furious - $38.6 million ($163.5 million total) 2. The Boss Baby - $12.7 million ($136.9 million total) 3. Beauty and the Beast - $9.9 million ($471.0 million total) 4. Born in China - $5.1 million ($5.1 million total) 5. Going in Style - $5.0 million ($31.7 million total) 6. Smurfs: The Lost Village - $4.8 million ($33.3 million total) 7. Unforgettable - $4.8 million ($4.8 million total) 8. Gifted - $4.5 million ($10.7 million total) 9. The Promise - $4.0 million ($4.0 million total) 10. The Lost City of Z - $2.1 million ($2.2 million total) The Big Stories Despite a terrific March that started with Logan, kept going with Kong: Skull Island, exploded with Beauty and the...
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  9. Best of the Week: 'Captain Marvel' Got a Director, 'The Beguiled' Got a Trailer and More
    The Important News Marvel Cinematic Universe: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will direct Captain Marvel. James Gunn will finish out a trilogy with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 revealed its soundtrack details. Marvel won't be making any R-rated movies. DC Extended Universe: Joss Whedon doesn't want to cast a famous actress as Batgirl. Star Wars: Carrie Fisher will not appear in Star Wars Episode IX. Rian Johnson explained how he changed Kylo Ren physically in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Aliens: Sigourney Weaver might be digitally de-aged for more Alien prequels. Alien will be re-released ahead of Alien: Covenant. X-Men: Leslie Uggams will be back for Deadpool 2. Fast and Furious...
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  10. Today in Movie Culture: Awesome Mixtape Vol. 2 Commercial, Anne Hathaway Sings a Tribute to Rom-Coms and More
    Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Soundtrack Advertisement of the Day: The Awesome Mixtape Vol. 2, aka the soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, is now available, and there's a cool ad to promote it:  Blast off with the super sounds of outer space and tell us your favorite song from the "Awesome Mix Vol. 2" set list! #GotGVol2 ?? pic.twitter.com/4kdtKhaUXY — GuardiansOfTheGalaxy (@Guardians) April 20, 2017   Bloopers of the Day: Speaking of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, here are a couple videos of bloopers and other b-roll footage from the making of the movie:   Genre Tribute of the Day: Anne Hathway and James Corden sing a medley of songs in this...
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