detective pikachu cast

Hey, remember that a Detective Pikachu movie is happening? And remember that Ryan Reynolds is starring as the voice of the talking hardboiled private eye Pikachu? And that this will be the first Pokemon feature film outside of the anime movies that have been released? Well, this baffling movie just got a little more bizarre, with acclaimed serious actor Ken Watanabe joining the cast of Detective Pikachu. Yeah, this movie’s still real.

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paterno trailer

“Did you know about Jerry?”

The implicit accusation in those words resound through the short teaser trailer for Paterno, HBO’s movie about the disgraced Penn State football coach whose shining legacy was tainted in the wake of a horrific child sex abuse convictions of his assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. Al Pacino plays the titular Joe Paterno, a beloved football coach whose reputation bordered on idolatry in the small college town of Happy Valley.

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steven spielberg's next movies

Steven Spielberg has remained a force in the film industry for over 40 years now, and the legendary director is showing no signs of slowing down.

Fresh off directing the acclaimed Oscar contender The Post and wrapping up production on the sci-fi blockbuster Ready Player One, Spielberg is already looking to get back in the director’s chair. The next projects he reportedly wants to direct? The fifth Indiana Jones and a remake of the classic musical West Side Story.

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Captain Marvel prep

Brie Larson is taking her promotion very seriously.

The actress is set to begin filming Captain Marvel later this month, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s highly anticipated first solo female superhero movie, and Larson is proving that she’s doing her homework to prepare for her debut as Air Force pilot Carol Danvers.
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Dune 1984

Denis Villeneuve may not have gotten the call yet from Disney and Lucasfilm to direct a Star Wars movie, but he can make his own — in the form of his Dune remake.

Dune is Frank Herbert’s seminal science-fiction novel published in 1965, years before the first Star Wars film came out in 1977. In fact, Star Wars director George Lucas has acknowledged the influence that Dune had on early drafts of A New Hope, so it’s fitting that Villeneuve may bring it full circle.

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MoviePass Ventures

MoviePass is moving on from the theaters to the movies themselves.

The movie ticket subscription service has launched MoviePass Ventures, a subsidiary that will co-acquire films alongside film distributors with the aim of releasing them theatrically and digitally. With this bold move, MoviePass — which will begin its acquisitions at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — may be able to fill the hole that Amazon Studios could soon be leaving at independent film festivals.

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cloak and dagger sneak peek

It’s a classic meet-cute: Girl spills beer on boy, girl pickpockets boy, girl accidentally blasts boy with a ray of light that activates boy’s own dark matter powers.

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is Freeform’s first comic book series, and the network formerly known as ABC Family is leaning heavily into what it knows best: angsty teen drama. And it may just work — the CW has perfected the soap opera spin on superheroes, which has allowed for impressively intricate character work. Let’s see if Freeform, a network that is still somewhat struggling to strike a balance between its racier fare and its saccharine dramas, can do the same.

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heathers trailer

These aren’t the Heathers you remember. In the 1988 cult classic, the original Heathers, played with icy conviction by Kim Walker, Shannon Doherty, and Lisanne Falk, were willowy, beautiful mean girls who terrorized their fellow high school students — until Winona Ryder and Christian Slater’s rebellious outsiders took fatal action against them. Heathers was a heightened, sadistic satire of the pitfalls of high school whose body count would arguably not play well post-Columbine.

But here we are, with a modern reboot of Heathers, only with a new trio of Heathers cast as a body positive bully, a gender-binary guy, and an African-American fashionista. How very.

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Amazon is Reportedly Cutting Back on Indie Films

amazon indie films

The access battle between the proletarian streaming platforms and exclusive film festivals has raged on since Netflix was booed at Cannes last year, but Amazon Studios has always managed to walk the line. The company would offer the films it acquired on its streaming service, to be sure, but it would also invest in theatrical releases — allowing its fantastic independent films like The Big Sick or The Handmaiden to garner critical acclaim and awards buzz. In the case of The Big Sick, this strategy helped launch the film into being a bonafide box office hit.

In the process, Amazon Studios has become one of the most dependable new media studios in the indie film circuit. But that could soon change. Amazon Studios will reportedly scale back its funding of indie films, shifting its programming strategy to favor commercial hits. And for anyone who has been a fan of the remarkable arthouse films that Amazon has supported in the past few years (Manchester By the SeaThe Salesman, Chi-RaqThe Lost City of ZLove & FriendshipLast Flag Flying, and The Neon Demon), this is a huge bummer.

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gemini man cast

Gemini Man has found its female lead. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who recently delivered fantastic back-to-back performances with 2016’s 10 Cloverfield Lane and last year’s season of Fargo, has joined Ang Lee‘s science-fiction thriller.

And on the production side, Gemini Man has landed John Wick: Chapter 2 stunt coordinator J.J. Perry. Even though the film will be heavily reliant on de-aging technology for star Will Smith to play the dual roles of an aging assassin and his younger clone, it seems like Lee will be combining cutting-edge tech with visceral action choreography.

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