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‘Ford v Ferrari’: Hugh Jackman sings the praises of director James Mangold at special NYC screening [Watch]

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‘Ford v Ferrari’: Hugh Jackman sings the praises of director James Mangold at special NYC screening [Watch]
James Mangold is “one of the most underrated directors in our business,” according to Hugh Jackman, who introduced a special screening of the filmmaker’s “Ford v Ferrari” at the Tribeca Screening Room in New York City on November 9. The actor added, “To me, it’s a travesty that he has never been nominated [for Best Director at the Oscars]. I saw this movie and I was like, ‘I think this might be his shot.'” Watch Jackman and Mangold’s entire introduction to the film above.

Jackman doesn’t appear in “Ford v Ferrari,” but he is well acquainted with Mangold. After his breakthrough performance as Wolverine in the first “X-Men” movie in 2000, the first person to offer Jackman something besides a tough-guy role was Mangold, who gave him the lead in the romantic comedy “Kate and Leopold” opposite Meg Ryan in 2001. They worked together twice more after that in films where Jackman reprised his
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You’re invited to meet top Oscar contenders for Best Production Design at our free Q&a: ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ ‘The Report,’ ‘Rocketman,’ ‘Us’

You are invited to attend our Q&a discussion with four of film’s top production designers who now compete for Oscars and more. Our event is on Thursday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the Landmark Theater at 10850 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. Admission and parking are free. Academy and guild members will get priority seating.

To RSVP, make your reservation here:

Gold Derby managing editor Joyce Eng will moderate this “Meet the Film Experts” panel with the following contenders for 2019/2020 awards consideration:

Francois Auduoy represents 20th Century Fox for “Ford v Ferrari

Auduoy won at the Art Directors Guild Awards for his work on “Logan” and was also nominated for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Other films have included “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” “The Wolverine,” “Avatar” and “The Greatest Showman.”

Ruth De Jong represents Universal for “Us”

De Jong was nominated at the
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From ‘Joker’ to ‘Judy,’ Composers of Seven of the Year’s Most Celebrated Scores Discuss Their Methods

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From ‘Joker’ to ‘Judy,’ Composers of Seven of the Year’s Most Celebrated Scores Discuss Their Methods
Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir

It isn’t often that an actor’s performance is transformed by the score (usually because the music is recorded long after the actors have gone home). But it happened on “Joker,” when director Todd Phillips played an early version of composer Hildur Guðnadóttir’s theme on the set and actor Joaquin Phoenix began dancing to it.

“I was so influenced by the score,” Phoenix later told ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel. “We wanted something that illustrated the transformation into Joker that was non-verbal, and that’s what we came up with.”

The composer read Phillips’ script, and submitted – prior to shooting – musical ideas she played on her Halldorophone. It’s a specially designed electro-acoustic cello that has a separate set of mic’d resonating strings, turning the instrument into “a kind of feedback mechanism. It’s like a Jimi Hendrix cello,” she says.

That melancholy, often raw
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Everything You Need to Know About the Messy ‘X-Men’ Timeline After ‘Dark Phoenix’

Everything You Need to Know About the Messy ‘X-Men’ Timeline After ‘Dark Phoenix’
(We spoil the entire ending of “Dark Phoenix” here and have spoilers for the rest of the “X-Men” movie franchise as well)

It would seem, as far as anyone can tell, that the “X-Men” movie franchise as we know it is over now. Technically it’s not official — Disney and Fox have not declared at any point that they’re closing it down so that the mutants can be rebooted and incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But we all know that day is coming.

Despite the fact that we know that “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” is almost certainly the last one of these, it ends on a somewhat ambiguous note. Yes, the spinoff “New Mutants” is in the works. And yes, a third “Deadpool” film starring Ryan Reynolds is a virtual certainty. But the “Deadpool” films are pretty much their own thing, connecting to the “X-Men” film series usually just to make jokes.
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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Won’t Give Up Hope for ‘X-23’ Spinoff Movie

The “dark and gritty superhero movie” has been one of blockbuster cinema’s most beloved tropes for over a decade, but while some of the more adult-skewing comic book adaptations have flamed out — like critically savaged DC offerings “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” — a handful have succeeded. One such standout: filmmaker James Mangold’s pair of X-Men movies focused on Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, including the PG-13 “The Wolverine” and its haunting R-rated follow-up “Logan.”

While a spinoff of the film and its breakout character X-23 has been chattered about since its release in 2017, news on the project has remained scarce in recent months. The X-Men franchise as a whole is in a state of flux, thanks to both the recent acquisition of home studio Fox by Disney and lackluster recent entries like this year’s disappointing “Dark Phoenix.” And yet Mangold himself remains dedicated to
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Mortal Kombat Reboot Writer Says That What He's "Seen So Far is Unreal"

A lot of fans are excited for Warner Bros. upcoming reboot of Mortal Kombat. The movie is being produced by James Wan and directed by Simon McQuoid. They are aiming for an R-rating and plan to feature some of the famous fatalities on the big screen for the first time. It was also previously explained that fans will see “a lot of familiar faces” in the film.

The film is currently shooting, and when a fan of the franchise reached out to writer Greg Russo asking about the costumes in the movie, Russo explained that everything he’s seen so far is unreal:

"Forget the fact that I work on this. "If I just stumbled in as a lifelong fan, my jaw would perm be on the floor. What I’ve seen so far is unreal. That goes for weapon design/makeup too."

Forget the fact that I work on this.
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X-Men producer joins Venom 2 as November start date eyed

With the franchise coming to an end following Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, longtime X-Men producer Hutch Parker is heading to another cinematic superhero universe as THR reports that Sony has enlisted him to produce Venom 2. Parker first joined the X-Men franchise for 2011’s The Wolverine, and worked on X-Men: Days of Future […]

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X-23 Will Eventually Replace Wolverine In The McU

If one thing’s clear, it’s that Marvel Studios has confirmed their intent to introduce the X-Men into the McU in the future. If there’s one thing which isn’t, it’s exactly how the creative team plans to accomplish the task at hand. We’ve heard reports, rumors, theories, and everything in between, but we’re no closer to figuring out where and when the mutants will make their first appearance.

However, we’ve recently come across a tidbit of info that might shed some light on Marvel Studios’ plans for the X-Men. One of our industry insiders – the same ones who told us Tom Welling was returning for “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” and that Taskmaster will be the villain in Black Widow – have clued us in on what’s in store for both Wolverine and X-23. It seems the elder clawed mutant will be introduced to
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Lionsgate Hires Platinum Dunes’ Aaron Janus As Svp of Production, Ups Meredith Wieck To Vice President

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Aaron Janus, an executive producer of the sleeper hit, A Quiet Place, has joined Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group as Senior Vice President of Production, while Meredith Wieck has been promoted to Vice President of Production. Both will report to Erin Westerman, the President of Production.

Prior to joining Lionsgate, Janus served as Head of Development at Platinum Dunes, working with filmmakers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form. The company produced the John Krasinski-helmed the post-apocalyptic suspense thriller A Quiet Place, which made over $340 million at the worldwide box office and spun a forthcoming sequel. Janus was also the Director of Film Production and Development at Twentieth Century Fox where he was involved with such films as Deadpool, The Wolverine, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Janus began his film executive career as the VP of Development at Scott Rudin Productions where he worked on films including The Social Network,
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Veteran Exec Aaron Janus Joins Lionsgate Motion Picture Group as Svp of Production

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Aaron Janus has joined Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group as senior vice president of production, while the studio promoted Meredith Wieck to vice president of production, Erin Westerman, president of production, announced on Wednesday.

Janus has overseen and developed hits like “A Quiet Place” and “Deadpool.” He comes to Lionsgate from Platinum Dunes where he most recently served as head of development for filmmakers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Prior to joining Platinum Dunes, Janus served as the director of film production and development at Twentieth Century Fox where he also worked on films such as “The Wolverine” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Prior to that, Janus served as vice president of development for Scott Rudin Productions.

Wieck has been with Lionsgate since 2015 and is currently overseeing projects like Jay Roach’s “Bombshell,” as well as Kristen Wiig’s “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.
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Lionsgate hires Aaron Janus, promotes Meredith Wieck to senior production ranks

Studio continues to realign film operations.

Aaron Janus has joined Lionsgate motion picture group as senior vice-president of production as the studio continues to realign its film operations.

Janus has overseen and developed tentpoles such as Deadpool and A Quiet Place and arrives from Platinum Dunes, where he most recently served as head of development for Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form. The executive brought the script of A Quiet Place to the company and the hit thriller went on to gross $341m worldwide.

Lionsgate has also promoted Meredith Wieck to vice-president of production. Erin Westerman, the president of
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Mortal Kombat Reboot Casts Its Scorpion And Shang Tsung

Considering how twenty-two years have gone by since we last received a Mortal Kombat movie, I’m sure lots of us were starting to think there would never be another one. But after more than two decades of rumors and false promises, it feels strange to see a reboot coming together so smoothly.

To briefly bring you up to speed on how quickly casting has heated up in recent memory, it all kicked off this past July when Joe Taslim was enlisted as the iconic Sub-Zero. Then, in this month alone, the other puzzle pieces began falling into place when Sisi Stringer (Mileena), Mehcad Brooks (Jax), Ludi Lin (Liu Kang) and Tadanobu Asano (Raiden) were hired for their respective roles, with Jessica McNamee (Sonya Blade) and Josh Lawson (Kano) joining the cause earlier this week.

Now, we can add two more fan favorite Kombatants to the tally, as Chin Han
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Mortal Kombat Movie Reboot Casts Scorpion and Shang Tsung

Richard Jordan Aug 28, 2019

The Mortal Kombat movie reboot has found its Scorpion and Shang Tsung!

The fatality-laden fighting game franchise Mortal Kombat is heading back to the big screen for a bruising, beat-em-up extravaganza. The games have been adapted twice before – Paul Ws Anderson's decent, Enter the Dragon-with-superpowers 1995 original and its universally derided follow-up, Annihilation. This new version, though, is scaling things up, with the upcoming shoot in south Australia said to be the biggest production in the region's history.

With the movie due to start filming later this year, the casting announcements are flying out fast. Variety is now reporting that Chin Han and Hiroyuki Sanada have been cast as classic Mk characters Shang Tsung and Scorpion, respectively.

Shang Tsung was the "final boss," if you like, of the original film (in which he was memorably played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and is likely to play the same role here.
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Mortal Kombat Reboot Finds Its Scorpion & Shang Tsung

The cast for the Mortal Kombat reboot continues to grow, as two new cast members have boarded the project in key roles. It's been revealed that Hiroyuki Sanada is set to portray Scorpion in the reboot, with Chin Han on board as the villainous Shang Tsung. They join an increasingly full cast that will bring the characters of the beloved video game franchise to life on the big screen in the modern, R-rated take on this immensely popular property.

According to a new report, both Chin Han and Hiroyuki Sanada have signed on for the movie. Mortal Kombat is currently in pre-production. Filming is expected to take place in Australia later this year, with horror master and blockbuster maestro James Wan on board to produce. Simon McQuoid, who is known mostly for his commercial work, is set to make his feature directorial debut. Greg Russo, who is also attached to the Resident Evil reboot,
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‘Mortal Kombat’ Reboot Finds Its Shang Tsung and Scorpion (Exclusive)

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New Line continues to ramp up its pre-production on its “Mortal Kombat” reboot, tapping Chin Han to play Shang Tsung and Hiroyuki Sanada to play Scorpion.

The two join Joe Taslim (Sub Zero), Ludi Lin (Liu Kang), Jessica McNamee (Sonya Blade), Josh Lawson (Kano), Tadanobu Asano (Raiden), Mehcad Brooks (Jackson “Jax” Bridges), Sisi Stringer (Mileena) and Lewis Tan.

Simon McQuoid is directing and James Wan and Todd Garner are producing.

While the plot of the film remains unknown, the video game centers on a massive roster of character fighters from different realms in a fictional universe battling for supremacy. Greg Russo penned the current version of the screenplay.

Shang Tsung is one of the few original “Mortal Kombat” characters, having debuted in the first “Mortal Kombat” arcade game as the final boss. Shang Tsung is a powerful evil warlock and shapeshifter who absorbs the souls of those he defeats in
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Dark Phoenix Ends Theatrical Run as Lowest Grossing X-Men Movie Ever

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Dark Phoenix Ends Theatrical Run as Lowest Grossing X-Men Movie Ever
It's official. Dark Phoenix is now the lowest grossing X-Men movie ever. The theatrical run has ended with $65.8 million domestically. This is a lot lower than the previous record holder, The Wolverine, which was still able to earn $132.5 million in North America. The cards were stacked against the final installment from the beginning and now it looks like Disney may have withheld over $50 million in marketing, adding to the disastrous final numbers at the box office around the globe.

Internationally, Dark Phoenix faired a bit better at the box office, though it still holds the record for the lowest grossing installment of the franchise. The movie was able to earn $252.4 million, but that is still pretty far behind the original X-Men movie, which scored $296.3 million worldwide when it was released in theaters almost 20 years ago. Both Marvel fans and critics were not happy with the finished product, though there are
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‘The Art of Racing In the Rain’ Review: A New Dog Gets Up to Some Old Tricks

Author Garth Stein fired a literary agent who rejected his idea of creating an entire novel from the perspective of a dog. After said novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, spent 156 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list following its 2008 debut, Stein had the last laugh. Now the novel is a movie, with the same title and the same perspective. No doubt there will be cynical moviegoers who’ll side with Stein’s agent about talking-pooch stories. But those in thrall to all things canine will surely
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Watch an exclusive clip from She’s Just a Shadow starring Tao Okamoto

Thanks to Breaking Glass Pictures, we’ve got an exclusive clip from writer-director Adam Sherman’s Tokyo-based gangster thriller She’s Just a Shadow, which stars Tao Okamoto, Haruka Abe (Cyberbully), Kentez Asaka (The Outsider) and Japanese musican Kihiro; watch the clip below, and be sure to head on over to our YouTube channel for more exclusive content and videos…

A beautiful Japanese madam and her ladies. A deranged, drug-addled Tokyo gangster and his crew. A sadistic serial killer on the loose. The intersection of these stories, and the interior world of the characters, plays out against a dreamlike backdrop of ultraviolence and orgiastic sex, as everyone tries futilely to rewrite their futures and cheat death.

A modern, dreamlike take on the gangster genre, She’S Just A Shadow is the action-packed story of a matriarchal crime family engaged in a vicious gang war. A deranged killer is leaving his
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Watch The Trailer For Nekrotronic Starring Monica Bellucci And David Wenham – Invading Theaters And Digital HD August 9

“Nekrotronic feels like Quentin Tarantino had been watching a lot of Edgar Wright and Wachowski movies, and then decided to make a Ghostbusters film. [It] is one wild, funny, gory combo.” – Nerdist

Howard North, a down on his luck sewage worker, gets dragged into a global conflict between the Nekromancers, a family of badass demon hunters, and Finnegan (Monica Bellucci) – an evil demon who absorbs people’s souls to increase her power. When Howard finds out the truth behind Finnegan’s past and her dark plans for the future, he teams up with his new friends to discover he is the ultimate Nekromancer, the only one with the power to defeat her and save the world.

Starring Ben O’Toole, Caroline Ford,Tess Haubrich, Epine Bob Savea, David Wenham, check out the crazy trailer.

Directed by Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead) and written by Kiah Roache-Turner, Tristan Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
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“Evil Gets Rebooted” in the Official Trailer for Nekrotronic

Following its crowd-pleasing premiere at Tiff last year, the supernatural cyber-centric horror thriller Nekrotronic will be unleashed this August from Momentum Pictures, and ahead of its release, the film's official trailer teases plenty of high-tech, demonic carnage in the latest movie from Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead).

"Howard North, a down on his luck sewage worker, gets dragged into a global conflict between the Nekromancers, a family of badass demon hunters, and Finnegan (Monica Bellucci) - an evil demon who absorbs people's souls to increase her power. When Howard finds out the truth behind Finnegan's past and her dark plans for the future, he teams up with his new friends to discover he is the ultimate Nekromancer, the only one with the power to defeat her and save the world."

Nekrotronic was co-written and directed by Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead), co-written by Tristan Roache-Turner, and stars Ben O'Toole,
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