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Production Resumes on ‘Fast & Furious 9’; Investigation Into Stuntman Injury Under Way

Production Resumes on ‘Fast & Furious 9’; Investigation Into Stuntman Injury Under Way
Production resumed Tuesday on “Fast & Furious 9,” a day after an accident at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, near London, left a stuntman in hospital. The U.K. agency responsible for workplace safety confirmed that it is now investigating the accident.

The stuntman, Joe Watts, was working on a second unit when he sustained head injuries in a fall. He has been placed in an induced coma after having been taken to a London hospital in an air ambulance. Watts was not Vin Diesel’s stunt double, as was reported by some British tabloids.

In a since-deleted social media post, his girlfriend said Monday night that he had suffered a serious head injury but was in a stable condition.

Main-unit filming resumed Tuesday, but the second unit remained closed. Universal and Warner Bros. declined to comment.

The Health and Safety Executive told Variety that a probe into what happened is underway.
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Far from Home Just Became the Highest-Grossing Spider-Man Movie Ever

Far from Home Just Became the Highest-Grossing Spider-Man Movie Ever
It's a good day to be Tom Holland, as Spider-Man: Far from Home is officially the highest-grossing Spider-Man movie ever. Holland's latest solo adventure as Peter Parker in the MCU made its way to theaters earlier this month and, ever since, it's been collecting serious amounts of cash in a major hurry. With what the movie made over the weekend factored in, it's now set to cross the coveted $1 billion mark worldwide any day now, which is more good news for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Spider-Man: Far From Home added an additional $37.2 million over the weekend, which included a very solid $21 million in its third weekend domestically. That brings its grand box office total to $970.9 million. With that in mind, it's highly likely that the Jon Watts-directed sequel will swing over the $1 billion mark by next weekend's end, if not sooner. To date, the movie has earned $319.8 million domestically,
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy Teaming for 'Nine Lives of Louis Wain' for Amazon, StudioCanal

Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy Teaming for 'Nine Lives of Louis Wain' for Amazon, StudioCanal
Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy are set to unite for first time since 2011 in The Nine Lives of Louis Wain, which Amazon has pre-bought U.S. rights for.

The drama — about a real-life Victorian painter — is being helmed by BAFTA-nominated British director Will Sharpe (Flowers), who wrote the script together with Simon Stephenson. The project is being produced by U.K. banner Showbox Films alongside Cumberbatch's own production company SunnyMarch, with backing from StudioCanal and Film4.

Wain was an eccentric English artist who was known for his drawings of anthropomorphized large-eyed cats and kittens. In ...
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Toronto Film Festival: ‘Joker,’ ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ ‘Hustlers’ Among Big Premieres

Toronto Film Festival: ‘Joker,’ ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ ‘Hustlers’ Among Big Premieres
This year’s Toronto Film Festival will feature super-villain origin stories, splashy literary adaptations, and Tom Hanks as the most beloved performer in children’s television.

The Canadian celebration of all things movies unveiled its 2019 lineup on Tuesday, and it appears to be an eclectic mixture of glossy awards bait, auteur-driven indies, and populist crowd-pleasers. It’s a bill of fare that ranges from “Joker,” a gritty and very R-rated take on the clown prince of crime, to “Abominable,” an animated adventure featuring an adorable Yeti that’s geared at audiences that are roughly a decade removed from being able to watch “Joker” without a parent or guardian. Bridging that cavernous age gap is “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a drama about Fred Rogers that features the aforementioned Hanks as the family entertainment icon. Unless it unveils some hitherto unknown skeletons in Rogers’ closet — before starting an on-camera career,
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Chris Rock’s ‘Saw’ Reboot Moves Up 5 Months to May 2020 Release

Chris Rock’s ‘Saw’ Reboot Moves Up 5 Months to May 2020 Release
Chris Rock’s “Saw” reboot will slash into theaters five months earlier, with Lionsgate announcing Monday a May 15, 2020 release in the height of the summer season.

The film, starring Rock and Samuel L. Jackson, had previously been set for release on October 23, 2020. It will now face off against Warner Bros.’ animated reboot “Scooby.”

Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures are releasing the re-imagined take on the franchise about a serial killer named Jigsaw who traps his victims in a labyrinth of games, puzzles and traps as the helpless victims fight for their survival.

Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed three of the “Saw” installments,” will direct. Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg wrote the screenplay.

In the new film, Rock will play a police detective investigating a series of grizzly crimes, and Samuel L. Jackson will play Rock’s father. Minghella will play William Schenk,
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Former Seville International chief Anick Poirier, Lorne Price launch WaZabi Films

Founders strike exclusive distribution pact on Séville International catalogue.

Former Seville International chief Anick Poirier and Lorne Price have launched sales agency WaZabi Films with to focus on independent features with crossover potential, and art house films with awards pedigree from Québec, Canada, and the world.

WaZabi Films has struck an agreement with Les Films Séville to handle exclusive distribution of the Séville International catalogue including Cannes selections Matthias et Maxime from Xavier Dolan and Monia Chokri’s La Femme de Mon Frère.

Poirier, who until recently served as head of international sales at Séville International, and Price, formerly director of sales at Seville International,
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Here’s Your First Look At A Bushy-Bearded Russell Crowe, Shailene Woodley, Charlie Hunnam & More From Tiff 2019 Films

While films starring Scarlett Johansson, Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix, and other major stars seem to dominate the headlines coming out of this morning’s 2019 Tiff lineup announcement, there are plenty of under-the-radar films from acclaimed directors that are screening at the fest that are worthy of your attention.

Read More: Tiff 2019 Line-up: New Films By Rian Johnson, Steven Soderbergh, Safdie Brothers, Noah Baumbach, & The Joker Lands A North American Premiere

One of the most anticipated films comes from indie director Drake Doremus, called “Endings, Beginnings.” The film, which stars Shailene Woodley, Sebastian Stan, and Jamie Dornan, tells the story of a love triangle between an idealistic woman, a bad boy, and a scholar.

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Exclusive: James Marsden’s Cut Role in Quentin Tarantino’s Latest Revealed

The final cut of Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood made its official world premiere on Monday night at the Chinese Theater at the exact same time an all-media screening was held down the street at the nearby ArcLight Hollywood. And while this reporter wouldn't dare spoil any of the film's surprises, there was one surprise that audiences didn't get to see, as it was cut from the film. And since that means it's no longer a spoiler, we can finally let the cat out of the bag. Back in June 2018, …
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‘Playmobil: The Movie’ Trailer: Daniel Radcliffe Saves the Day as Toy Super Spy

The next great animated movie based on an existing toy empire is here and Daniel Radcliffe is leading the way. A new trailer for Playmobil: The Movie has arrived, teasing the voice talents of Radcliffe as handsome toy super spy Rex Dasher, Anya Taylor-Joy as Marla, and Jim Gaffigan as Del. The trailer introduces us to the film's tiniest and mightiest hero, Rex Dasher. He's a spy of a bygone era, reminiscent of James Bond at a mere 1/1,000th of the size. For his latest mission, Rex teams up with average citizens Marla and Del, …
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‘The Lion King’ and ‘Mulan’ Present Two Very Different Visions for Disney Remakes…and One of Them is Far More Exciting

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: Mulan looks like the better approach for future Disney live-action remakes.) I spend a lot of time going to bat for reboots, remakes, and relaunches. When done well, they bring a whole new wave of […]

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George Miller Looks Back on ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ and Forward to More Furiosa

George Miller Looks Back on ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ and Forward to More Furiosa
In the four years since “Mad Max: Fury Road” wowed moviegoers and Academy voters alike, grossing $370 million worldwide and racking up 10 Oscar nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director), George Miller’s demented fever dream of a movie has assumed iconic status. Several major filmmakers have admitted replaying the picture over and over in order to figure out just how Miller did some of the shots, while countless cinephiles have returned to the movie time and again just to bask in the scale of its post-apocalyptic insanity, and to gawk at the high-speed chase sequences that defied everything people thought possible of contemporary action cinema.

As Steven Soderbergh breathlessly put it to one interviewer: “We are talking about the ability in three dimensions to break a sequence into a series of shots in which no matter how fast you’re cutting, you know where you are geographically. And each one
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Chris Pratt ‘Excited’ About New Marvel Plans, ‘Cannot Wait to See’ Mahershala Ali as Blade

Chris Pratt ‘Excited’ About New Marvel Plans, ‘Cannot Wait to See’ Mahershala Ali as Blade
Kevin Feige’s announcement of Marvel Studios’ Phase 4 was one of the biggest stories to come out of San Diego Comic Con this year. While there was only a tease about “Guardians of the Galaxy 3,” franchise star Chris Pratt is definitely excited about the latest updates to the universe.

“Oh my God, I cannot wait to see ‘Blade.’ That to me is going to be so sick,” Pratt told Variety. “I’m a huge fan of the original [starring Wesley Snipes as the vampire vigilante]. Mahershala Ali as ‘Blade,’ when I heard that I was like ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to see that.’”

“All the Disney plus stuff sounds really cool,” he continued. “I want to see Anthony [Mackie] in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.’ Scarlet’s movie [‘Black Widow’] — I’m just excited for all of it.”

The actor behind Star Lord also praised the studio for the
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TCA 2019: Summer Kicks Off With the Streaming Wars Looming Larger Than Ever

The summer session of the TCA 2019 press tour kicked off with a panel for “Harley Quinn,” the upcoming animated DC Universe series aimed at adults. Even with big-name stars like Kaley Cuoco and Lake Bell taking questions, the most relevant answer came over the weekend, when DC announced its original series, “Doom Patrol,” is going to be available on HBO Max as well as the DC-centric streaming service.

What does that mean for other DC Universe series? What else will be available on HBO Max when the highly anticipated WarnerMedia streaming service launches in spring 2020? How many other services and networks will be bundled under their broader parent company’s bundle? Or, to sum it all up, how is traditional television preparing for the right-around-the-corner streaming wars?

The “Harley Quinn” cast can’t quite answer those questions, but many versions of the above queries will come up time and time again over the next 17 days.
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‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Takes Place Before ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ – Here’s What That Could Mean

During Marvel Studios’ Comic-Con panel this past weekend, producer Kevin Feige confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is still happening, though it won’t be included in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But when Thor: Love and Thunder was announced on the Hall H stage, that left many fans wondering about the future […]

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Lifetime Announces ‘Surviving Jeffrey Epstein’ Series and College Admission Scandal Film

Lifetime Announces ‘Surviving Jeffrey Epstein’ Series and College Admission Scandal Film
After garnering an Emmy nomination with “Surviving R. Kelly,” Lifetime is developing another series designed to share the stories of those who have experienced sexual violence.

A+E Networks programming chief Rob Sharenow announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday that Lifetime is currently working on “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein.” The docuseries will investigate crimes allegedly committed by Epstein even as he moved through the upper echelons of the financial, political, and social world. Epstein was arrested earlier this month on charges that he took part in a trafficking ring that involved underage minors.

The six-part series “Surviving R. Kelly” premiered in January, featuring allegations against the R&b star. Following the series airing on the network, Kelly was dropped from radio station airplay around the country. Epstein’s alleged history has already had repercussions for his former associates in the entertainment industry, with studios cutting ties
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Janelle Monáe Set To Replace Julia Roberts As Lead In Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’ Season 2

Despite a trio of Golden Globe nominations earlier this year, for Best Drama Series, Best Actress, and Best Actor, Amazon’s “Homecoming” came away from the awards show with no trophies. And when the Emmy nominations were announced, the series came up empty again. However, that shouldn’t be an indictment of the series that stars Julia Roberts, as it received pretty great reviews and was regularly part of people’s top 10 lists.

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‘Deadpool’ Director Reacts to Third Film Not Being Included in Marvel’s Phase Four

Marvel Studios broke the internet July 20 with the announcement of its Phase Four movies at Comic-Con 2019. Added to the company’s 2020 and 2021 release schedule was long-rumored projects like “The Eternals” and “Black Widow,” plus welcome surprises like a fourth “Thor” movie and the addition of Mahershala Ali to the McU as vampire slayer Blade. While many Marvel fans celebrated the news, a majority of them also worried about “Deadpool.”

The Ryan Reynolds-led franchise released two blockbusters under 20th Century Fox, but its fate has been ambiguous in the aftermath of the Disney-Fox merger. No third “Deadpool” movie appeared on the 2020-2021 calendar, nor did Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige tease a “Deadpool” movie to come in the future like he did with previously Fox-owned properties like “Fantastic Four.” “Deadpool” director David Leitch is currently on the press tour for his upcoming tentpole “Hobbs & Shaw” and spoke about the
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Taika Waititi Isn’t Here For Your “Female Thor” Talk As He Clarifies What Natalie Portman Will Be Known As In ‘Love & Thunder’

In a flurry that saw 10 projects announced in under two hours, Marvel Studios blew the minds of fans in Hall H over the weekend, while giving people a glimpse at what Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has in store. And one of the most shocking aspects of the announcement is that Natalie Portman is back in the upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder,” but instead of playing the love interest, she’s inheriting the hammer and becoming the Goddess of Thunder.

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‘Star Wars’ Owes a Great Debt to Akira Kurosawa’s ‘The Hidden Fortress’

‘Star Wars’ Owes a Great Debt to Akira Kurosawa’s ‘The Hidden Fortress’
(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired George Lucas’ iconic universe. In this edition: The classic Kurosawa film The Hidden Fortress.) When people talk about the cinematic influences of Star Wars, the first movie that will come out of most mouths will […]

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‘South Side’ Review: Comedy Central’s New Series Humanizes an Oft-Derided Community

It’s a risky proposition: finding comedy in the everyday of an infamous neighborhood that consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous in Chicago, and the country. But Chicago natives – and brothers – Bashir and Sultan Salahuddin have done just that with their new half-hour series “South Side.” Co-created with Salahuddin’s former fellow “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” writer Diallo Riddle, the trio’s priority is ultimately to demystify, and more importantly humanize, the community of Englewood and challenge established – though incomplete – perceptions of the city.

The workplace has been the setting for several comedy show premises, likely in part because having a good sense of humor is necessary to survive the bureaucracy, diverse personalities and at times mind-numbing tedium that can come with the environment. But few movies or TV shows have been willing (or perhaps capable) of expressing just how soul destroying working an especially low-paying, dead-end job can truly be.
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