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‘Rocketman’s Dexter Fletcher to Direct ‘The Saint’ Reboot for Paramount

‘Rocketman’s Dexter Fletcher to Direct ‘The Saint’ Reboot for Paramount
In the minds of many, Rocketman was the best movie Paramount Pictures released last year, and now the studio is staying in business with director Dexter Fletcher on its action thriller The Saint. Fletcher is considered a protege of Guy Ritchie, and this move reminds me of when Ritchie directed WB's reboot of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. An eyebrow was raised at first, but he proved to be the right man for the job. Now, Fletcher doesn't have any action on his resume, but he's hot right now and he elicits strong performances …
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The Witcher vs. Superman: 5 Reasons Geralt of Rivia Is Henry Cavill's Most Badass Role (& 5 Clark Kent Is)

Over the past decade, Henry Cavill has truly become one of the most recognizable action stars on the planet. Not content with playing Superman in 2013's Man of Steel, the British hunk would go on to star in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Mission Impossible: Fallout, and Netflix's The Witcher

Related: 5 Best & 5 Worst New Fantasy Worlds We Ventured Into During the Past Decade

In each of these amazing action movies, Henry Cavill has portrayed a badass character, whether it be the Man of Steel himself or Napoleon Solo. However, perhaps his two most iconic roles are now Superman and Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher. This article will list 5 reasons why Geralt of Rivia is his most badass role and 5 why it's Superman/ Clark Kent.
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‘The King’s Man’ is first to receive VFX funding from German federal and state sources (exclusive)

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‘The King’s Man’ is first to receive VFX funding from German federal and state sources (exclusive)
Confirms Germany’s growing reputation as an international VFX hub.

Germany looks to set become an even more attractive destination for handling VFX-laden projects after Matthew Vaughn’s prequel The King’s Man received over €1m ($1.1m) in funding from two German funds towards financing the visual effects being handled by leading German VFX studio Rise.

The project was awarded a grant of around €700,000 from the German Federal Film Fund (Dfff II) and another €300,000 by the international feature film and series programme administered by the Bavarian regional fund Fff Bayern.

It is the first time a VFX project has received funding
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German funds raise 45% of VFX budget for Matthew Vaughn’s ‘The King’s Man’ (exclusive)

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German funds raise 45% of VFX budget for Matthew Vaughn’s ‘The King’s Man’ (exclusive)
Confirms Germany’s growing reputation as an international VFX hub.

Germany looks to set become an even more attractive destination for handling VFX-laden projects after Matthew Vaughn’s prequel The King’s Man received over €1m ($1.1m) in funding from two German funds towards financing the visual effects being handled by leading German VFX studio Rise.

The project was awarded a grant of around €700,000 from the German Federal Film Fund (Dfff II) and another €300,000 by the international feature film and series programme administered by the Bavarian regional fund Fff Bayern.

This equated to 45% of the film’s VFX budget and is
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'The Gentlemen' Heading Toward for $10-11+ Million Debut

'The Gentlemen' Heading Toward for $10-11+ Million Debut
Saturday Am Update: STXFilms's The Gentlemen is pacing right on expectations, bringing in an estimated $3.7 million from 2,165 locations on Friday, heading toward a debut anywhere from $10-11+ million for the weekend. The film received a "B+" CinemaScore.

As for Universal's The Turning, the film brought in an estimated $2.5 million on Friday and is currently looking at a three-day around $6.8 million, though if word gets out about the "F" CinemaScore the film received that could come down a bit.

You can check out all of the Friday estimates right here and we'll be back tomorrow morning with a complete look at the weekend.

Friday Am Update: STXfilms's release of The Gentlemen brought in $725,000 from preview grosses in 1,885 theater on Thursday evening. The performance compares favorably to the $700k The Nice Guys took in ahead of an $11.2 million debut back in 2016 and is just behind the $900k in preview for The Man from U.
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Best Movies to See in Jan.: ‘Grudge,’ ‘Bad Boys for Life,’ ‘Underwater’

Best Movies to See in Jan.: ‘Grudge,’ ‘Bad Boys for Life,’ ‘Underwater’
Yes, we know: January has a reputation for being a dumping ground for films that smell a little iffy from a distance — witness this year’s Jan. titles Dolittle and Like a Boss. But it’s also the month when most of the world gets a first look at prestige films that previously only played in big cities (see: Les Miserables, the cop procedural that’s France’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign-Language Film), some intriguing stuff from the indie-movie sector (The Assistant, Color Out of Space) and a few
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Book Review: "The Avengers And New Avengers Collectibles" By John Buss

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Amberley Books

2019

96 pages

Full Colour

£14.99

Review by Adrian Smith

One of the greatest and most commercially successful fantasy series of the 1960s, The Avengers actually started out in 1961 as a gritty crime drama focused on Doctor Keel, played by Ian Hendry, one of British television’s biggest stars at that time. In the first episode his wife is killed by drug dealers, and a mysterious undercover agent named John Steed, played of course by Patrick Macnee, helps him to avenge her death. The two end up working together on a number of other crime cases, thus forming the basis for a series that would ultimately outgrow its noir origins and become an outrageous Technicolor riot of science fiction, martial arts, sexy fashion and comedy. Once Doctor Keel was out of the picture, the playful ‘will they? – won’t they?’ (or even ‘have they? – haven’t they?’) nature of John Steed
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Is Margot Robbie this year’s Alicia Vikander? How 2 roles can equal 1 Oscar

Is Margot Robbie this year’s Alicia Vikander? How 2 roles can equal 1 Oscar
Will Margot Robbie earn an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress? If so, will it be for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” or “Bombshell”? Academy rules prohibit an actor from being nominated twice in the same category. But maybe it doesn’t matter. Having two roles getting attention in the Oscar race could lead to a victory no matter which one you’re actually nominated for. Just ask Alicia Vikander.

Vikander was one of the breakout stars of 2015, showing up in a handful of films including “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and “Burnt,” but the two she got the most attention for were “The Danish Girl” and “Ex Machina” in which she played the wife of a transgender artist and a robot, respectively. Critics were most fond of her role in “Ex Machina” — that performance won her prizes from Los Angeles, Chicago and many other regional journalist groups — but industry groups favored “The Danish Girl.
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The Gentlemen Trailer: McConaughey Is Up to No Good in Guy Ritchie's Ensemble Action Movie

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Stx Entertainment has released the first trailer for The Gentlemen. This is the latest from Guy Ritchie, who seems to be back to his old ways after having spent the last decade making big studio blockbusters, such as last year's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and this year's live-action Aladdin remake for Disney. Not to mention his pair of Sherlock Holmes movies, as well as The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Here, the filmmaker has assembled an A-list ensemble, led by Matthew McConaughey, in what looks to be a crime flick in the vein of some of his early works, such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Right off the bat, this trailer makes it clear Guy Ritchie is very much back to his old ways. It feels cut from the same cloth as Snatch. What we're seeing here positions this as a criminal power struggle between Matthew McConaughey and
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First Trailer for Guy Ritchie’s New Film ‘The Gentlemen’ Heralds a Return to Form

If you're a fan of Guy Ritchie, you probably have a few films to thank for that, namely Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Okay, maybe a few of you are diehard fans of RocknRolla while the rest of you probably associate Ritchie's name with a pair of action-packed whodunnits in the Sherlock Holmes franchise. The filmmaker has gone for some more commercial options over the last few years with titles like The Man from U.N.C.L.E., King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and Disney's live-action redo of Aladdin, but …
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First Trailer for Guy Ritchie’s New Film ‘The Gentlemen’ Heralds a Return to Form

If you're a fan of Guy Ritchie, you probably have a few films to thank for that, namely Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Okay, maybe a few of you are diehard fans of RocknRolla while the rest of you probably associate Ritchie's name with a pair of action-packed whodunnits in the Sherlock Holmes franchise. The filmmaker has gone for some more commercial options over the last few years with titles like The Man from U.N.C.L.E., King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and Disney's live-action redo of Aladdin, but …
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‘The Gentlemen’ Trailer: Guy Ritchie Returns to His Crime Thriller Roots

‘The Gentlemen’ Trailer: Guy Ritchie Returns to His Crime Thriller Roots
Despite what its title implies, The Gentlemen is not afraid to get a little dirty. The poster for the Guy Ritchie crime comedy seems to suggest some sort of riff on Kingsman or even the director’s sleek 2015 spy thriller The Man from U.N.C.L.E. But with the release of its first trailer, The Gentlemen may in fact be […]

The post ‘The Gentlemen’ Trailer: Guy Ritchie Returns to His Crime Thriller Roots appeared first on /Film.
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Character Actor and Horror Legend Sid Haig Dies at 80

Tony Sokol Sep 23, 2019

House of 1000 Corpses star Sid Haig was a Roger Corman regular, First Lawgiver on Star Trek, and played 8 villains on Mission: Impossible.

Sid Haig, a character actor who appeared in all genres but is best known as a horror icon, died at the age of 80. "On Saturday, September 21, 2019, my light, my heart, my true love, my King, the other half of my soul, Sidney, passed from this realm on to the next," Haig’s wife, Susan L. Oberg, announced on Instagram."

"He has returned to the Universe, a shining star in her heavens He was my angel, my husband, my best friend and always will be. He adored his family, his friends and his fans. This came as a shock to all of us. He was my angel, my husband, my best friend and always will be. He adored his family, his friends and his fans.”

Born Sidney Eddy Mosesian in Fresno,
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One Life To Live Actress Phyllis Newman Dead at 86

Veteran actress and singer Phyllis Newman has passed away at the age of 86. Although best known for her work on the Broadway stage, soap fans will remember her for originating the role of Renée Buchanan on One Life To Live. Newman made her daytime debut back in 1987 when Renée came to Llanview and ran into ex-lover Asa Buchanan, rekindling old sparks. However, her run didn't last long, and she was recast later in the year with Patricia Elliot, who continued playing the character for decades. Newman with fellow Broadway star Elaine Stritch at the Rainbow Room in NYC back in 1989. Back in 1962, Newman took home a Tony Award for best featured actress in a musical for her performance in Subways Are for Sleeping, notably beating out another rising young star named Barbara Streisand. The Broadway star hit the stage in many other productions over the years, including The Apple Tree,
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‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ Actor John Wesley Dies at 72

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John Wesley, the actor best-known for playing Dr. Hoover on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” has died. He was 72.

Wesley died from complications due to a long battle with multiple myeloma, his family confirmed to Variety.

Gerry Pass, Wesley’s manager and producer, said in a statement, “John Wesley was a gift to the world, for his kindness and grace are immortalized in his works of theatre, TV and film. I am heartbroken to have lost a dear friend today.”

Born on Aug. 3, 1947 in Lake Charles, La., John Wesley Houston went on to hold degrees from the University of California, San Diego and the University of San Diego. Before he began acting, Wesley served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Over his expansive career, Wesley worked with talent including Denzel Washington, Albert Finney, Barbra Streisand, Tim Burton and Morgan Freeman.

Wesley holds more than 100 film and television credits,
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Carol Lynley Dead At Age 77

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(Above: Lynley in the 1972 hit "The Poseidon Adventure")

By Lee Pfeiffer

Actress Carol Lynley has died from a heart attack at age 77. She began her career as a child model before gravitating to the movie industry. With her stunning looks, Lynley showed great potential in an era in which studios groomed starlets to become full-blown stars. Lynley gained fine notices for her starring role in the 1959 drama "Blue Denim" in which she and Brandon DeWilde played middle-class teenagers dealing with the secret of her unintended pregnancy in an era in which such scenarios were met with repression instead of compassion. Prominent roles followed including "Hound Dog Man", "Return to Peyton Place" and "The Last Sunset" in which she co-starred with Hollywood icons Rock Hudson and Kirk Douglas. Other major films of the 1960s include "The Stripper", "Under the Yum Yum Tree", "Shock Treatment", "The Pleasure Seekers", "The Maltese Bippy", "Danger
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Carol Lynley, The Poseidon Adventure & Blue Denim Star, Dies at 77

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Carol Lynley, The Poseidon Adventure & Blue Denim Star, Dies at 77
Veteran actress Carol Lynley, known for her work across many decades in commercials, movies, and television, has passed away. As a performer, Lynley had been active since the mid '50s, acting and modeling for over five decades by the end of her career. Perhaps her most well-known role is that of The Poseidon Adventure, which saw her performing the Oscar-winning song "The Morning After." Reportedly, Lynley died on Tuesday at her Pacific Palisades, California home following a heart attack. She was 77 years old.

Born in 1942, Lynley's given name is Carole Ann Jones. For theatrical purposes, she used the stage name Carolyn Lee when she began child modeling in the 1950's. Upon her transition into acting, she learned the name Carolyn Lee had already been registered by another child actress, so Lynley simply combined the two names in a creative new way to come up with her new name. As Carol Lynley,
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Rip Torn Dead At Age 88

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Actor Rip Torn has died at age 88. He was a volatile figure in the entertainment industry, known for his sometimes bizarre behavior as well as his brilliant performances. A native Texan, he gravitated to  New York City in the 1950s where he studied under Lee Strasberg at the legendary Actors Studio. He was championed by director Elia Kazan, who gave Torn high profile roles in his stage and film productions. Torn gained major acclaim with a Tony-nominated performance on Broadway in "Sweet Bird of Youth", a role he would reprise in the 1963 film version. Torn's film career occasionally saw him attain leading man status but he remained a highly acclaimed supporting actor throughout his career. His feature films include "A Face in the Crowd", "Baby Doll", "The Cincinnati Kid", "Pork Chop Hill", "King of Kings", "Beach Red", "Coming Apart", "Tropic of Cancer", "Crazy Joe", "The Man Who Fell to Earth
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Rip Torn Dies: ‘Larry Sanders Show’ Emmy Winner & Broadway Veteran Was 88

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Rip Torn Dies: ‘Larry Sanders Show’ Emmy Winner & Broadway Veteran Was 88
Rip Torn, who played Garry Shandling’s profane, fiercely loyal producer on HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show, co-starred in the original Men in Black films and was a major star of Broadway and Off Broadway during a seven-decade career, died today surrounded by family at his home in Lakeville, Ct. He was 88.

The prolific Torn played the unstoppable and unflappable Artie on Larry Sanders, which aired from 1992-98 and followed the behind-the-scenes and onstage antics of a successful late-night network talk show. Along with scoring a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Emmy in 1996, he was nominated for each of the show’s six seasons.

The year Torn won his Emmy, he also had been up for Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his turn on CBSChicago Hope. In 2008, he earned his ninth and final Emmy nom, for his recurring role as Don Geiss on NBC’s 30 Rock.
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Why Aladdin was An Important Movie for Will Smith

Don Kaye May 22, 2019

Will Smith took time off and wasn’t even sure if he wanted to keep acting before Aladdin came his way.

Believe it or not, Aladdin -- the new live-action remake of the 1992 Disney animated classic - is Will Smith’s first-ever movie for the monolithic Mouse House. And it came along for him at an opportune and perhaps even crucial juncture in his career.

Speaking at a press conference for the movie in Beverly Hills this past weekend, Smith explained the personal circumstances that led him to Aladdin: “I guess I sort of hit a ceiling in my life. I had created the things I could create in my career, I was getting to the end of my wisdom with leading my family, and I got to a point where I had a bit of a collapse of my life and creations. So I took a couple of years off,
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