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Writer David Koepp Had Different Plans For Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ Trilogy & “Bailed” When Offered ‘Amazing’

The original “Spider-Man” films are an interesting case study in early-to-mid-2000s superhero storytelling. The first film, directed by Sam Raimi, is largely responsible for the superhero resurgence that we are experiencing today, building off the ‘Matrix’-inspired “X-Men” film from 2000 and injecting a comic book tone both in the story and visuals, leading to record-breaking […]

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Universal Moves Tom Hanks Post-Apocalypse Movie ‘Bios’ Back to 2021

Universal Pictures has moved the Tom Hanks post-apocalypse movie “Bios” back to 2021 in the latest of an array of release date changes amid the Covid-19 pandemic.“Bios,” from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin banner, will move from Oct. 2 to April 16, 2021. “Bios,” which came together in 2017 with “Game of Thrones” helmer Miguel Sapochnik directing […]

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‘Tape’: Film Review

“Tape,” a guerrilla indie drama that confronts some of the ways sexual harassment has been embedded in the entertainment industry, begins with Rosa (Annarosa Mudd) getting ready to go undercover — but really, she’s dressing for battle. After rigging herself up with a hidden camera, she mutilates her body in homage to Lavinia in “Titus […]

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas in Final Negotiations to Join ‘Matrix 4’ (Exclusive)

Priyanka Chopra Jonas is taking the red pill.The actress and international beauty icon is in final talks to join the cast of the untitled fourth film in the Matrix saga, the Wachowskis’ game-changing action franchise, insiders close to negotiations said.The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow film is being directed by series co-creator Lana Wachowski. She’ll […]

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Laurence Fishburne, Jared Harris & Jillian Bell to be Feted at San Diego Intl. Film Festival

The San Diego International Film Festival will honor Laurence Fishburne with the annual Gregory Peck Award, Jared Harris with the Cinema Vanguard Award and Jillian Bell with the Fairbanks Award, Variety learned exclusively. The festival, produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, will present the awards at the Night of the Stars Tribute on Oct. […]

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New ‘Matrix’ Movie In Works, Keanu Reeves & Carrie-Anne Moss Returning, Co-Creator Lana Wachowski Writing & Directing

A new Matrix movie is happening at Warner Bros. with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity and Lana Wachowski set to write and direct an all-new film set in the genre-defining world.Warner Bros. will co-produce with the franchise’s original co-producer Village Roadshow.Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich made […]

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AFM: Hugo Weaving Stars in ‘Hearts and Bones’

“Lord of the Rings” and “Matrix” star Hugo Weaving heads the cast of Australian feature film “Hearts and Bones.”“Hearts and Bones” is a heart-wrenching but ultimately uplifting story of friendship between a war correspondent and a Sudanese refugee. They are connected by a photograph that threatens to destroy them both. It explores issues of personal […]

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‘SuperFly’: Director X on the Challenges of Releasing a Black Studio Film Post-‘Black Panther’

When Sony Pictures asked Director X to remake 1972 blaxploitation classic “Super Fly,” he had never seen the original. He had also never helmed a studio feature — just a 2015 indie, a Lifetime movie (“Center Stage: On Pointe”), and some of the most memorable music videos of the past 20 years, from Sisqó’s “Thong […]

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