Darren Aronofsky AI

Update: Aronofsky clarified today that he hasn’t officially signed on to a new directorial project yet. Our original story follows.

Three years will have elapsed between the release of Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky‘s 2014 movie Noah and his upcoming horror thriller mother!, but it seems like fans of the director’s work won’t have to wait another three years to see his next movie. Reports indicate that the filmmaker’s next project will be a courtroom drama that somehow involves artificial intelligence. Read on to learn everything we know about the potential Darren Aronofsky AI movie.
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warner bros adds two DC films

Warner Bros. has played things a little closer to the chest with their DC Films slate lately, only confirming the release dates for this November’s Justice League and 2018’s Aquaman. Even with the stunning success of Wonder Woman at the box office this summer, the studio has been cautious about announcing a release date for its sequel, presumably waiting until a deal with director Patty Jenkins has solidified.

But an update to the Warner Bros. Pictures release calendar reveals two mystery DC Comics movies have been added to the schedule for 2020. Perhaps we won’t have to wait until San Diego Comic-Con to find out when we’re getting Wonder Woman 2.

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kermit the frog actor

Steve Whitmire has played Kermit the Frog for 27 years, taking over from beloved puppeteer and creator Jim Henson after his death in 1990. But after nearly three decades of playing the beloved Muppet, Whitmire was suddenly dismissed by Disney, and the job of being green would go to pupeteer Matt Vogel.

Now, Whitmire is speaking up about his unceremonious firing, which he says was because he spoke up about changes to the character that he felt were against Henson’s wishes. Disney and the Muppets Studio have different reasons, however.

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the dark knight trilogy in 4k

Christopher Nolan‘s acclaimed Dark Knight Trilogy was a testament to the superhero genre, and arguably, cinema in general. The Dark Knight is still widely considered the best Batman film of all time, and a stunning example of what genre movies are capable of — and even influenced how the Academy Awards picked its Best Picture line-up.

Their impact is thanks, in no small part, to Nolan’s adherence to film stock over digital photography. All of Nolan’s films, from The Prestige to Inception, to even Interstellar, have a steadfast, classic quality because of Nolan’s insistence on using 35mm (and sometimes larger) film. But even though he is a traditionalist, Nolan is still open and encouraging of new technologies. You can see it in his embrace of IMAX technology for his action sequences and his newest film Dunkirk. And soon, you can see it in the 4K remaster of his previous films, including The Dark Knight trilogy.

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‘Hellboy’ Reboot Could Land at Lionsgate

lionsgate pick up hellboy reboot

The Hellboy reboot has a director, a star, and a title — the only thing that was missing was a studio to call home.

Now, it could have one, with Lionsgate Films reportedly in negotiations to distribute Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, which is to be directed by Neil Marshall and star Stranger Things actor David Harbour as the titular superhero.

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top gun 2

The sequel to Top Gun didn’t feel the need to speed into theaters — the follow-up to the Tom Cruise-starring military action film will be released 33 years after the original.

So that’s just enough time for us to get over Goose.

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Glasses-Free 3D

You may have seen a lot of headlines in the past 24 hours about how James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar 2 will feature glasses-free 3D technology. Cameron’s an innovative filmmaker who has been working on developing brand new tech for underwater motion capture for his ambitious sequels, and his entire career has basically been about pushing boundaries of what’s possible when it comes to filmmaking. So yeah, it’d be easy to believe the hype about glasses-free 3D.

Unfortunately, the promise of that particular bit of technology is not anywhere near as definitive as many of those headlines may have led you to believe. The truth is a lot less sexy, and much less headline-friendly.
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Warner Bros

The Hollywood winds have been blowing in the direction of franchises and cinematic universe for a while, but it’s still surprising to see a studio make such a transparent move towards them and away from the creative forces that helped build the backbone of its modern era.

A regime change at Warner Bros. may spell trouble for any movie that’s not under the DC Films, Harry Potter, or Lego Movie flagships. The studio, which has admittedly been struggling to find the balance between director control and franchise loyalty, will reportedly avoid working with auteur directors “who want final cut” altogether. Yeah, it sounds like a bad idea to me too.

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Daniel Day-Lewis Retiring

After winning three Oscars for his performances in My Left Foot in 1989, There Will Be Blood in 2007 and Lincoln in 2012, not to mention landing nominations for Gangs Of New York in 2002 and In the Name Of The Father in 1993, acclaimed actor Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting, as indicated in an official statement released by one of his representatives.

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Wonder Woman Trailer

The difference in tone between last year’s grim and dour DC Extended Universe movies Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad and this year’s far more uplifting Wonder Woman couldn’t be more clear, and fans and critics around the world have spoken: they prefer positivity to seeing heroes mope around. The executives at DC Films, to their credit, have heard that response loud and clear, and the company’s co-chairman, Geoff Johns, says that their plan is to make DC movies fun again moving forward.
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