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‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake Now in the Hands of ‘Dope’ Director Rick Famuyiwa

A remake of the classic buddy comedy Uptown Saturday Night starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby has been in the works since 2012. The original iteration of the project would have had Denzel Washington and Will Smith taking the lead roles, Adam McKay behind the camera, and Nick Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) on […]The post […]

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Teases Spider-Ham, Other Webspinners

When Sony approached filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller about making an animated Spider-Man movie, they had one demand: It had to be about Miles Morales.Most moviegoers know that Spider-Man’s alter ego is Peter Parker, a high-school nerd whose encounter with a radioactive spider turns him into a super-powered vigilante. But Morales, an Afro-Latino teenager […]

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Cinematographer Rachel Morrison Wins AFI’s Franklin J. Schaffner Award

The American Film Institute has selected cinematographer Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006) to receive the 2018 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.This honor recognizes the creative talents of AFI Conservatory alumni who embody the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner: talent, taste, dedication, and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television. The presentation of […]

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‘Hearts Beat Loud’ Trailer: Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons Form the World’s Cutest Father-Daughter Band

Filmmaker Brett Haley has a thing for the underdog, a theme and topic he’s explored with grace and honesty throughout all of his films. The filmmaker has been prolific over the past three years, churning out back-to-back low-key charmers “The Hero” and “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” before turning his attention to his latest, […]

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Kat Graham To Star In Netflix Holiday Film ‘Christmas Calendar’; Also Joins Morgan Freeman In ‘The Poison Rose’

Exclusive: The Vampire Diaries alum Kat Graham has signed on to star in Christmas Calendar, a Netflix holiday pic directed by Bradley Walsh. Quincy Brown (Dope, Fox series Star) has been cast to play Graham’s love interest in the film, which Brad Krevoy is producing. It follows Abby Sutton (Graham), an aspiring photographer who inherits […]

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Sundance Favorite ‘Hearts Beat Loud’ Scores Summer Release Date (Exclusive)

“Hearts Beat Loud” will open in limited release on June 8, Variety has learned exclusively.The dramedy about a father’s complicated relationship with his college-bound daughter was an audience favorite at this year’s SXSW and Sundance Film Festival. It was picked up by Gunpowder & Sky, a global content studio launched by Van Toffler, the former […]

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‘Dope’ Filmmaker Tackling ‘Black Hole’ Adaptation (Exclusive)

Rick Famuyiwa, best known for directing the celebrated coming-of-age movie Dope, has signed on to write and direct Black Hole, New Regency and Plan B’s adaptation of the graphic novel by Charles Burns.Plan B and New Regency’s Arnon Milchan are set to produce the film. New Regency will finance the project.The move kickstarts a project […]

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Sci-fi ‘Zorro’ Reboot Casts ‘Flashpoint’ Star Kiersey Clemons Opposite Gael Garcia Bernal

Zorro may have finally met his match. Jonás Cuarón’s Zorro reboot cast has added Flashpoint and Dope actress Kiersey Clemons. Clemons will play the female lead in Z, the near-future reimagining of the classic swashbuckler. Variety reports that the Zorro reboot has cast Clemons to trade barbs with Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle), […]

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