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disney buys fox

On the December 14, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall and /Film senior writer Ben Pearson to discuss the latest news, including Disney acquires 20th Century Fox and we will discuss everything you need to know, a 48 Hours remake coming from Good Time directors The Safdie Brothers, a Kill or Be Killed movie coming from John Wick director, Annihilation creative clashes, and we’ll talk to Creature Designer Neal Scanlan about how the Porgs were created.

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The Electric State

The Russo Brothers just won a bidding war for the rights to the sci-fi story The Electric State. The plan is to bring It director Andy Muschietti on board to the direct the film, with Muschietti’s producing partner Barbara Muschietti involved as well. The illustrated novel tells the story of a girl and a robot traveling through an alternate 1990s United States.

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Altered Carbon

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Netflix and DreamWorks partner for six new animated shows, including She-Ra and The Boss Baby: Back in Business
  • Showtime unveils its first Homeland season 7 trailer
  • Amazon shows off the trailer for the fourth season of Mozart in the Jungle
  • Our first look at the Wachowskis’ Sense8 finale special
  • Netflix drops a trailer for its upcoming sci-fi series Altered Carbon
  • Fuller House season 3B gets a new trailer
  • And more!

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Hey Stella, a Marlon Brando Biopic is in the Works

Marlon Brando biopic

The life of actor Marlon Brando, one of the greatest performers in cinema history, is coming to the big screen in the form of a new biopic. Producer Brian Oliver (Black Swan, The Woman in Black) has optioned the rights to a new memoir from one of Brando’s longtime friends and collaborators, so the film won’t just be about the actor’s towering and legendary performances, but also an intimate portrait of a friendship. Read more about the Marlon Brando biopic below.
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The Commuter trailer

Here’s a nice distraction from current events: a final trailer for The Commuter. Liam Neeson, action star, is back once again with lurid, style-overload director Jaume Collet-Serra for a whole new ridiculous thriller. This final trailer is loaded with some shaggy CGI, a quick shot of Sam Neill with a mustache, and explosions. But the real draw here is Neeson, who continues to age like a fine wine while also punching people in the face. Watch The Commuter trailer below.

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Best Christmas Movies Streaming Right Now

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

I don’t want to alarm you, but I have some shocking news: it’s currently the holiday season. Yes, I can’t believe it either, but here we are. The utterly bonkers year that was 2017 is almost gone, but before it goes we’ll have to muddle through the holiday season somehow. The holidays can be a stressful time for some people: there’s the hassle of finding the perfect gift for loved ones, mixed with lousy weather, congested traffic and the existential dread of the looming new year. My advice? Relieve some of that stress with movies. After all, movies are the reason for the season (please don’t correct me on this, I’m sure this is correct).

In the spirit of giving, I’ve compiled a list of Christmas movies for you to stream as we run out the clock on 2017. These aren’t your traditional Christmas movies, though. The films compiled here are primarily what I’d like to call alternative Christmas movies. In other words, a lot of these are Christmas movies for people who don’t like Christmas movies. But don’t worry, I made sure to throw in one or two traditional tales of holiday cheer just in case.

Here are the best Christmas movies streaming right now! Let’s get streaming.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Disney-Fox Deal

disney fox deal questions

Early Thursday morning, the Walt Disney Company announced that it was buying 21st Century Fox in a historic $52.4 billion deal that has shaken the media and entertainment industries. As part of the deal — valued at over $60 billion including debt — Disney will acquire Fox’s film studio 20th Century Fox along with all its movie franchises, select TV networks like FX and National Geographic, and more.

We break down the full extent of the Disney-Fox deal, and what it means for the future of the movie industry, streaming, and Rupert Murdoch.

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kill or be killed movie

Here’s a match made in heaven. Or rather, given the grim subject matter here, a match made in hell. John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski will bring the comic book series Kill or Be Killed to the big screen, and I’ve never been more excited to tell you to avoid as many details about a project as you possibly can.

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48 Hours remake

Walter Hill’s 1982 action comedy 48 Hrs. is getting the remake treatment, and filmmaker brothers Benny and Josh Safdie – the directing duo behind this year’s critically-acclaimed indie thriller Good Time – have the unenviable task of bringing the remake to life. The original film is considered a modern classic, with memorable performances from stars Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte, and that movie is partially responsible for popularizing the buddy cop genre as we know it today. So…no pressure or anything.
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Annihilation director

Annihilation, the upcoming film from Ex Machina director Alex Garland, is one of my most anticipated movies of 2018 – but audiences came close to not seeing it in its intended form. We recently learned about some behind the scenes disagreements that nearly resulted in the movie being recut and reshaped in post-production in order to appeal to a broader audience, but it sounds like Garland’s vision has remained largely intact in the final product.

Now, the Annihilation director has commented on those creative clashes, explaining his intentions were clear from the start and expressing disappointment that these clashes would happen at all so late in the process.
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